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I’m waiting to put something in the paper until I get a second opinion, but I thought it best to share the optimistic outlook for Maurice Creek’s knee provided by a local orthopedic surgeon.
Dr. Timothy Steiner, an orthopedic surgeon at Orthopedics of Southern Indiana — who it must be noted, has not seen an x-ray, MRI or any other privileged information regarding Creek — said that based on what he’s learned from news reports, this injury shouldn’t be nearly as taxing as last year’s knee fracture. He said it’s conceivable that Creek could return by the end of the season, though he will certainly be cutting it close.
“These are night and day in terms of severity and night and day in terms of treatment,” Steiner said. “One is long. The other is non-surgical, a quick rehab and he will be feeling much better on the other side. … This kind of thing typically takes a 4-8 week time period to heal and then there’s some reconditioning to get him back on the court.” (more…)
This video comes from last week’s Flying to the Hoop event in Ohio. Yeah, Gary Harris can fly. That’s real.
Maurice Creek lays the ball in against Wright State earlier this season. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
The flash came 7:50 into the game on Saturday.
Maurice Creek drove through the lane, flying past the Michigan defenders and easily laying the ball in for two points that gave Indiana a 14-9 lead.
It was a three-second, if that, play that was easily forgotten in a 80-61 win, the first Big Ten win of the season for the Hoosiers.
It was his second layup of the day that leaves Creek’s sophomore season now in doubt. With 1:43 remaining, Creek seemed to extend past his range of motion to catch a full-court pass and, while he layed the ball in for two points, fell into a heap underneath the basket.
He walked off on his own power, and it seemed to be OK — it was the right knee, not the left knee he injured last season. He returned to the game at the next stoppage in play, some 12 seconds later. Coach Tom Crean did not seemed concerned at all when asked about the play during the postgame press conference.
All of which made Crean’s announcement on Monday during his radio show — that Creek is out indefinitely after suffering a stress fracture on his right patella (as well as swelling in the knee) — all the more shocking.
Tom Crean said during his radio show moments ago that Maurice Creek is out indefinitely, according to Dustin (who is at the radio show).
Creek has a stress fracture in his right patella and knee swelling, Crean said.
Creek took a hard fall underneath the basket late in Saturday’s game against Michigan. Its important to note that last season’s injury was to his left knee, not his right.
“This is our guy, and he’s right there. … It just felt like it was really, really close to breaking for him.”
Creek has struggled at times this season, lacking the burst that got him into the lane so often last season. He had recently begun coming off the bench, scoring six points in 21 minutes against Michigan.
Creek is averaging 8.3 points a game, but on 38.9 percent shooting.
Indiana offensive tackle James Brewer has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 29. From IU Sports Information:
BREWER ACCEPTS INVITE TO 2011 SENIOR BOWL
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana offensive tackle James Brewer has officially accepted an invitation to the 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl. He will be one of 12 Big Ten players to suit up for the North squad.
The 62nd game is set for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 29, in Mobile, Ala. It will be televised by the NFL Network live from Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
“James had a solid career for the Hoosiers and was a mainstay on that offensive line,” Senior Bowl President and CEO Steve Hale said. “We can’t wait to see him come down here and compete against the best of the best in the Senior Bowl.”
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