Based on Arkansas’ season opener, things on the offensive side of the ball still have a long way to go before they get where they need to be but John Chavis’ defensive unit appears to be rounding into form on The Hill. That makes the latest news out of Fayetteville that more troubling as the Arkansas defense suffered a big blow on Saturday in the 20-13 win over Portland State.

During his Monday media availability, Chad Morris announced senior starting defensive lineman Dorian Gerald will miss the rest of the season due to a strained artery in his neck.

“A very strange injury, he’ll be on blood thinners and he’ll be out for the year,” Morris announced on Monday.

The coach then offered up little in the way of a recovery timeline for the defensive end. When Morris was asked a follow-up on Gerald’s potential return, the coach noted that the team is “still months away from knowing that. Tests will continue to run but he does have redshirt opportunity.”

Gerald signed with Arkansas as a four-star member of the 2018 recruiting cycle and has been a regular on the defense in Chavis’ two seasons at Arkansas.

UPDATE: Gerald has shared the following tweet following the news of his injury.