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Sunday, October 31, 2004
Wilkerson will have surgery Monday

Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU center Ben Wilkerson will miss the remainder of the 2004 season with a ruptured tendon in his left knee, the team said Sunday.

Wilkerson injured the knee in the fourth quarter of LSU's 24-7 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday. He was expected to have surgery to repair the patella tendon Monday. Wilkerson, a senior from Hemphill, Texas, has started 41 games at LSU.

Head coach Nick Saban also said freshman wide receiver Xavier Carter will be sidelined at least four weeks with a fractured clavicle. Carter, who has caught five passes for 118 yards and a pair of touchdowns, suffered the injury following a kickoff return in the first half.