According to UConn, redshirt sophomore Alterique Gilbert didn’t practice on Monday and was taken to get x-rays. He is still being evaluated by the Husky medical staff.
Despite Saturday’s much-needed rout of Wichita State, Husky nation let out a collective gasp and groan when Gilbert went down in a heap with a shoulder injury during the second half. Maybe it was his audibly pained reaction to the screen, maybe it was everyone’s vivid memory of his well-documented shoulder issues. But the health outlook of one of UConn’s floor generals looked grim as he lay there on the floor.
His return to the bench after the injury lent some hope, but fans couldn’t help but eyeball that large ice-pack underneath his warm-ups and wonder. UConn was in control of the game at that point, but I’m not sure many remember; they were busy scrolling through UConn’s beat writer Twitter list looking for any semblance of an update on Gilbert.
The post-game comments from head coach Dan Hurley offered a bit of optimism:
“Al will be day-to-day,” Hurley reported. “Not sure about his availability for Thursday (at UCF), but I think he’s gonna be fine. He’ll probably get some type of test, but the early prognosis is ... not a long-term thing. So, phew, I think disaster averted there.”
Here’s Gilbert getting up after the collision and heading to the locker room:
An astute eye will note that Gilbert pushed himself up off the floor with both arms. Take that for what you will.
Take-quake: College athletes of any sport are sore after games no matter what. Given ‘Rique’s shoulder history, it would have been awfully reckless to throw him out there to practice, even if given a clean bill of health from the trainers. And the x-rays just seem like an attempt to gather as much information as possible. Of course, we’ll know more ahead of Thursday’s big tilt versus UCF.