Crean on Johnson injury: “It’s a definite ankle sprain”

  • 02/22/2016 7:41 pm in

Indiana sophomore guard Robert Johnson, who left Saturday’s 77-73 win over Purdue after taking a fall underneath the basket late in the second half, has a sprained ankle according to Hoosiers coach Tom Crean.

Johnson had to be carried off the floor after colliding with two Purdue players with 3:34 remaining in the game.

“He’s got an ankle sprain,” Crean said on his weekly radio show at the Holiday Inn in Bloomington. “It’s a definite ankle sprain. We’re just going to have to continue to monitor it. It’s not like we’re going to be able to update it constantly. It’s going to be evaluated over time. There’s no way to predict injuries, let alone an ankle sprain.”

The 6-foot-3 junior guard from Richmond, Virginia, is averaging 8.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 27 minutes per game. He scored six points in IU’s win over Purdue.

Crean did not give a timetable for Johnson’s return, but said that he will be in good hands with trainer Tim Garl and the team’s medical staff.

“He’s in a 24/7 mindset of care, but we’ve got to let him heal,” he said.

Indiana plays Thursday at 9 p.m. ET at Illinois on ESPN.

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  • BL

    Good point but he was forced to with the shot clock running out. I’m not suggesting RJ hasn’t driven the ball; just not at a high rate. Nothing like YF. In fact, I’ve found myself wishing he would be more aggressive in most games. Also, I’m not certain we haven’t seen CH drive it as much. If you pressed me, I’d say CH handles it as well as RJ. However, he’s had fewer touches and not many bringing it up the floor so he could struggle a bit as inLinE6 suggested. Most importantly, I’m hoping it’s a mute point because Coach replaces RJ with TW.

  • ForeverIU

    We are a different team without RJ. He is our master choreographer. I have a feeling Niego will be big for us.

  • Sarasota Hoosier

    HN better against Iowa and Giselle than Illinois and its 6’6″ and 6’3″ athletic guards; hopefully Troy will continue his improved D and be able to defend a guard.

  • Fivelefts

    If you look at the replay.. His foot wasn’t securely planted under him when he tried to explode off of it.. his weight was off balance.

  • InCreanWeTrust

    Google “High Ankle Sprain” or “Syndesmosis Sprain”. That seems most likely. Ankle sprains come in different forms and this seems most likely.

  • Koko

    So one does not need to turn an ankle to create a sprain?
    How would being off balance create a sprain?
    I’m not being confrontational. All of the definitions I have read for a sprain says there is a wrench, awkward turn or pull…whatever pull means. Even with a high ankle sprain the ankle has to be turned awkwardly as foot is planted.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    best of luck to RJ on a speedy recovery. seems like a great kid and he was playing so well. we’re a much better team when he’s on the floor. fortunately we’ve got guard depth with NZ and HN.

  • Koko

    I have seen the high ankle sprain definitions and his ankle didn’t get twisted outward as he planted it. High ankle sprains are more common in football with ankle getting planted and twisted outward while players are piling on. Per those definitions I would rule out a high ankle sprain. But if for some reason it is a high ankle sprain then he is done for the season. Minimum time for healing is 6-10 weeks.

  • calbert40

    The good news is that we only have one game this week. I’d hope that we would be able to handle Illinois without him. It would be nice to have him back for Iowa, though.

    OT: the schedule makers may have given us a present with Iowa’s schedule between now and our game next Tuesday. Iowa plays AT OSU on Sunday at 4 pm. Then they play IU in Iowa Tuesday night. IU plays at Illinois Thursday, but then has the weekend off. Iowa will spend the weekend prepping for OSU…and travelling across the conference, but IU will spend the weekend prepping for Iowa in Bloomington. Could be a big difference maker.

  • Koko

    Yes his ankle did awkwardly hit the floor hard when he landed. Maybe that did it….I hope that is all it is.

  • calbert40

    I love NZ coming off the bench, but Crean’s hands may be tied on this decision. With JBJ and RJ playing the same position, for all intents and purposes, our depth at the off guard is not great now.

    Another option would be to start Max and move CH to the perimeter, but I’m not certain he can handle that position fully. It will be interesting to see it unfold.

  • Koko

    A high ankle sprain is involved with the ligaments holding the two lower leg bones and ankle together….the ligaments are above the ankle. Per the definitions I read the foot gets planted and then the ankle is turned outward at the same time. It is more common in football and similar sports….player plants his foot and then the foot gets twisted outwards as players pile on. Minimum heal time for a high ankle sprain is 6-10 weeks.

  • MK

    Yogi has essentially played every game all season. I think his recent “slump” is a perfect example of why we need to find yogi some rest where we can

  • Koko

    Yes coach was rather general in his assessment of RJ’s injury. A sprain can be a stretched/pulled ligament or it can involve a tear in the ligament. Quite a difference there.

  • Gack. Well, then, I’ll just stop speculating about this one. We’ll just have to wait and see, I suppose. All I can say is, if it’s 6-10 weeks, then my giddiness over how the season can finish out is much reduced.

  • Koko

    I’m not saying it is a high ankle sprain because I didn’t see anything that would suggest that, per the definitions of high ankle sprain. He was knocked around but it was after his planting foot left the floor. Stay giddy we still have what it takes to get the job done. We’re just one man short on the bench. Who knows who might step up to our surprise.

  • Jack Nolan

    Ruh roh!

  • Koko

    The final three games for all the upper echelon teams are going to be fun to watch. I think we have put more pressure on them than they thought they would have at this point. IU, OSU, Mich, Wisky and Purdue are no walks in the park for Iowa and Maryland. Also with MSU probably winning out coming up from the rear. It will be exciting.

  • calbert40

    Agreed. All of the top 3 contenders have rough ends to the regular season. We just need to hold serve in the games we *should* win like at Illinois and Maryland at home. We can’t drop one of those two and expect to win the B1G. We just need someone like OSU to steal one from Iowa. That’s going to be a HUGE game on Sunday. OSU needs a resume builder, and beating Iowa would provide it.

  • Koko

    If we play as we have the last couple of games we should do fine in Illinois. Not looking past them but if we do win in Illinois then the real fun begins. Am looking forward to the OSU, Iowa game on Sunday….I will be glued to the TV.

  • oldiugymnast

    You can get a very painful sprain by hyper flexing. It is a fairly common injury in gymnastics (short landings – hurt your foot and ankle). My ankles were strong as – well, I will leave out that word – and was strong enough to keep going even landing on the side of my foot, but I shorted a high bar landing once and I was in the ice for days and I couldn’t really vault or tumble for 2 weeks.

  • oldiugymnast

    It didn’t look like he landed on the foot he hurt to me. Could be wrong.

  • oldiugymnast

    You don’t have to turn it much – and you can also hyperflex and sprain.

  • Fivelefts

    The foot was turned at an awkward angle, as he attempted to push off to elevate. His toes on the hurt ankle was pointed out to the right, rather than straight forward. With his foot at that angle, it puts a lot of stress on the big toe and ankle to not only support his weight, but also to handle the exertion from his attempt to leap.

  • oldiugymnast

    It looked like he held up his left foot. Am I missing something?

  • Koko

    I looked at it again and do see what you are saying. It is pointed slightly to his right as he is pushing off. Oldiugymnast mentioned below it doesn’t take much of a turn and the possibility of a hyper flex. Thank you for answering my question.

  • Koko

    Thanks. I was not considering the possibility of a hyperflex causing a sprain. I was under the impression it had to be a noticeable turn or wrench to cause a sprain.

  • Koko

    It appears his right foot hits first then the left landed sideways on the ankle. Yes he was holding his left foot.

  • Derek Day

    Please dont allow more ball handling to go to sloppy Troy Williams… I love the guy, but man he has had trouble this year with control. .

  • IUMIKE1

    LOL, I was just thinking, while reading through the comments about RJ’s injury, that a gymnast could probably provide some good insight into the conversation, especially an “older” one, then low and behold guess who chimes in.

    The hyperflex thing sounds like what has happened to me. Good to hear from you.

  • oldiugymnast

    Likewise Mike! In my old age, I can sprain my ankle by standing still! How are things with you?

  • oldiugymnast

    Usually – at least in my experience in gymnastics – High ankle comes from a pretty obvious roll and there usually is an instant golf ball. Those suck – and tend to really have long term stability issues associated with them. I used to put kids in this bucket of bbs that I kept in the freezer and had them write the alphabet with their foot about a week after and got good results in terms of getting stability back. That said, there are probably way better approaches now.

  • IUMIKE1

    Shouldn’t complain I guess, a lot of others would gladly trade places with me I’m sure. Have the continuing struggles with my son dealing with epilepsy and the seizures that result from it, but we go back to Mayo Clinic this summer where he is in an epilepsy study group. Will be doing brain mapping and possible resection at that time. Appears that you are kind of doing the same thing as I am as of late, reading, thinking and evaluating more, commenting less.