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Arkansas LB Alexy Jean-Baptiste out for 4 months after breaking foot

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Arkansas redshirt freshman linebacker Alexy Jean-Baptiste will out for an extended period of time because of an injury.

Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema told reporters Saturday that Jean-Baptiste had surgery Monday after breaking his foot last week.

“Probably looking at a four-month recovery,” Bielema said. “He’s unfortunately out for a pretty significant amount of time.”

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Jean-Baptiste (6 feet 2, 231 pounds) is a projected backup at outside linebacker this season after redshirting last fall as a true freshman. Juniors Randy Ramsey and Michael Taylor are the expected starters in the Razorbacks’ new 3-4 defense.

At inside linebacker, Arkansas seems likely to start to junior Dre Greenlaw and sophomore De’Jon Harris.

Jean-Baptiste, a Pompano Beach, Florida native, is a former three-star recruit who held 26 total offers before signing with Arkansas. Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Michigan State, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wisconsin were among some of his other choices.

Other injuries

– Senior wide receiver Jared Cornelius (hamstring) and redshirt freshman linebacker Giovanni LaFrance (high ankle sprain) did not participate in the scrimmage.

– Junior running back Rawleigh Williams (ankle) and sophomore tight end Austin Cantrell (knee) were injured during the scrimmage, but both injuries are considered minor.

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