Crean calls injuries to Jones, Sheehey “day-to-day”

  • 12/22/2011 9:48 pm in

As expected, Indiana played Thursday night’s game against UMBC without its two top reserves.

Derek Elston (nose) and Will Sheehey (left ankle) missed the Hoosiers’ 89-47 rout of UMBC and senior guard Verdell Jones also went down with a hip injury late in the first half.

Jones appeared to slip while attempting to throw a post pass with 43 seconds left in the first half and did not return.

“I haven’t had a chance to really sit and talk to the doctors right now,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said of Jones’ injury. “He was moving around a little better [after the game]. I think he injured his hip. Probably more of a hip flexor than anything else.”

Sheehey’s injury, which occurred when the sophomore wing stepped on a loose ball in a scrimmage situation during Wednesday’s practice, will continue to be evaluated over the next several days.

“It’s really going to be day-to-day. There was some progress made today,” Crean said. “It’s very much that. … Just waiting for swelling to go down. It truly will be that kind of situation. I don’t think it’s anything that’s going to be long term. But I don’t think to put a date on it or a timeline on it, we’re not there yet because the doctors and Tim [Garl] aren’t there yet.”

Indiana is expected to have Elston back for Wednesday’s Big Ten opener in East Lansing. The junior forward from Tipton, Ind. will be wearing a protective mask following surgery to repair a nose fracture.

“He wanted to paint it. He had some ideas and we shut that down real fast,” Crean said with a smile when asked about Elston’s mask. “We made sure during the game he was doing his rehab on his nose, stretching his nose now and again. Derek is a real treat. He is a real treat. That’ll be just a regular, plastic face mask. He’s not painting it like a hockey goalie, I know that.”

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  • Anonymous

    I’d love to see that painted mask on DE! Get well soon, boys.

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely two thumbs up for that one.

  • Bleeding Crimson

    It would have been to cool to putan IU with on the front of the face mask with blood dripping from it, or Jason hockey mask, the list can go on  just something to make him a little more intimidating just enought to put fear in the opponent or to take the focus off their play.  I will have to give CTC credit for taken the high road.
    Great to have him back.  I really thought we could play with Mich ST and Ohio St with our full line up and gives us a better chance for the win but with Abell and Elston playing better than expected we might not see a drop off.  

  • Anonymous

    I think we are going to see a drop off. Will is just too hard to replace when he comes in. There’s a reason CTC calls him the 6th starter. I’m not sure that between Will and VJ3 being out that we’re toast in Lansing. I’d love to be wrong!!!

    On a different note, did anyone see that IU cracked the top 10 in SI’s power rankings? Fingers crossed it doesn’t jinx us…

  • Chumhoosier

    While I love sheehey and what he brings. He tends to force some shots that create transitions points. See last few minutes of UK game. But I do like Remy and his ability to create off the dribble. And I think given the minutes he can get 8-10 per game. Pick up his defensive intensity a bit and we may have more of a solid 2 on the bench than we think.

  • KokomoJoe

    I couldn’t agree more. I think a little adversity could add some toughness to this team, which they will need in order to be successful for the long haul. Sheehey needs to let the game come to him a little more and I also feel Remy will pick up the load in Sheeheys absence. I just hope that coach has really pushed the issue of feeding the post, cause we have struggled with that part of our offense.

  • Jason

    Should’ve let DE paint a unibrow on the mask

  • EgreenIU

    Any update on Will’s injury status?

  • Anonymous

    heard from a source he could be out for 3 more weeks. I hope he’s wrong