Arkansas’ Eric Musselman to miss games after surgery

Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas announced head coach Eric Musselman had shoulder surgery and is expected to miss at least two games, starting at LSU.

Assistant Keith Smart will serve as interim coach.

A statement from Musselman’s doctor said he was injured on a collision with a player, and an MRI confirmed he had torn tendons and would require surgery. The plan to use daily physical therapy, treatment and a steroid injection to delay the surgery didn’t ease the pain or stabilize the shoulder. Surgery was chosen to limit the risk of further injury.

Arkansas is off to an 11-5 start, including a 1-3 record in Southeastern Conference play.