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Musselman Finally Goes Under the Knife

Hogs coach Eric Musselman has torn rotator cuff fixed Thursday morning

Arkansas coach Eric Musselman apparently got tired of fighting the pain in his shoulder.

A day after the Razorbacks put together one of the most complete games he'd ever seen, Musselman had successful surgery Thursday to repair a full tear of the supraspinatus tendon and partial tears to the infraspinatus and subscapularis tendons in his left shoulder.

In layman's terms, that's the rotator cuff in his left shoulder.

Musselman is expected to miss at least two games, starting with the Razorbacks’ game at LSU this Saturday. Assistant coach Keith Smart will serve as interim head coach in his absence.

Smart joined the Razorback staff this past summer after 22 years coaching professionally, including head coaching stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings in the NBA as well as the Fort Wayne Fury of the CBA.

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Quote from Wesley K. Cox, M.D

“Almost six weeks ago, Coach Musselman sustained a significant shoulder injury in practice after a collision with a player. An MRI confirmed his shoulder had torn tendons and would require surgery. The goal was to use daily physical therapy and treatment as well as a steroid injection to delay the surgery as many weeks as we could, none of which have offered any significant improvement. At this time, surgery to repair the tears was necessary due to the amount of pain and instability he was experiencing and to mitigate the risk for significant complications in the future. Coach Musselman is expected to do very well and ultimately make a full recovery.”

Information from Arkansas Communications is included in this story.

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