Injury Report: Mike Moser, Seth Curry among sidelined stars
After surgery on his wrist last week, L'ville's Gorgui Dieng could return in a month
Marcus Paige suffered a jammed shoulder, missed North Carolina's date with UAB
St. Louis' Kwamain Mitchell broke his foot in October, is expected out until January
We're now just about a month into college basketball season, which means that with all of the ankle sprains, knee strains, and jammed fingers, it can seem like half of the country is dealing with some kind of injury. In an effort to help you parse through who has caught the injury bug among the 347 teams in Division I, we present this week's Injury Report.
Mike Moser, UNLV: Moser was a preseason All-American back in October, but the junior forward has seen his numbers take a bit of a hit this year. Part of that is due to the presence of freshman Anthony Bennett, but Moser has also been dealing with a nagging groin injury he suffered back in the preseason. He aggravated his groin in Saturday night's win over Hawaii, and while the team may not be too optimistic about him playing on Wednesday, I wouldn't count it out. Moser is a Portland native, and the Rebels will be playing at Portland on ESPNU. It will take a lot of pain for him to miss his homecoming.
Gorgui Dieng, Louisville: Dieng broke the scaphoid bone in his left wrist -- the same bone that Kendall Marshall broke in the NCAA tournament last March -- in Louisville's win over Missouri in the Battle 4 Atlantis. Dieng had successful surgery last Tuesday, and as head coach Rick Pitino put it, "The screw attached right to the bone, which is a good sign, so we're hopeful that he'll be back in closer to four weeks than six."
Seth Curry, Duke: Curry has been battling a mysterious injury to his lower right leg since the preseason, one that has forced him to miss plenty of practice time. And while Curry sat out Duke's rout of Delaware on Saturday, it wasn't simply the leg issue that forced him to miss the game; Curry rolled his left ankle coming off of a screen in the second half against Ohio State on Wednesday night. Teammate Marshall Plumlee also missed the Delaware game, as he is still recovering from a stress fracture in his right foot.
Jeronne Maymon, Tennessee: Maymon's injury is somewhat of a mystery as well. He had arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees this summer in two separate procedures, but the injuries haven't healed as planned. The Vols have been mum on a return date, but the longer Maymon is held out of practice (and conditioning drills), the less likely it is that his return will make a significant difference.
PJ Hairston and Marcus Paige, North Carolina: Hairston didn't travel with the Tar Heels to Bloomington last week when they got drubbed by Indiana due to a knee injury that he suffered in practice, but Hairston was on the court against UAB on Saturday. Starting point guard Marcus Paige wasn't, however. He suffered a jammed shoulder last Friday in practice.
Pierce Hornung, Colorado State: Hornung took a pretty solid shot to the head in the Ram's win at Washington on Nov. 24, and despite playing 36 minutes in that game, Hornung has been held out of the last two. It's been reported that he has "concussion-like symptoms", which is bad news; Hornung, who is averaging 7.5 points and 12.0 boards this year, missed six games last season with a concussion. Colorado State heads to Boulder to take on in-state rival Colorado Wednesday night. His status is unclear.
Vincent Council and Bryce Cotton, Providence: Bryce Cotton injured his knee in the first half of the Friar's win over Mississippi State on Saturday, but there appears to be no structural damage to the knee. "He's really sore and banged up but it's good news," head coach Ed Cooley said. The bad news? With Vincent Council out another couple of weeks with a hamstring injury and freshman sensation Kris Dunn out with a torn labrum, the Friars have just five scholarship players and one healthy guard -- freshman Josh Fortune -- as they prepare for Rhode Island on Thursday.
Darius Theus and Melvin Johnson, VCU: Darius Theus, VCU's starting point guard, sat out of Saturday's win over Belmont with a knee injury, one he suffered late in a win over Stetson earlier in the week. Johnson was on crutches with a knee sprain on Wednesday, sitting out the Stetson game, but he returned on Saturday and scored 11 points in 22 minutes against Belmont.
Brady Heslip, Baylor: Heslip had an emergency appendectomy on Nov. 20, which caused him to miss the Bear's home loss to Charleston. Heslip was back in uniform on Saturday, however, helping his team go into Rupp and knock off Kentucky.
Kwamain Mitchell, St. Louis: Mitchell broke his foot back in October and has yet to play this season. He's expected to be out until January with the injury. St. Louis, who is reeling from the passing of Rick Majerus Saturday night, has struggled without him early on this year.
Will Cherry, Montana: The Grizzlies were expected to be one of this season's best mid-major teams, but Cherry, their star point guard, broke his right foot late in September. Head coach Wayne Tinkle said, after a loss at San Francisco Friday night, that he hoped Cherry would begin light workouts this week.
Brenton Williams, South Carolina: Williams, a junior guard averaging 13.4 points this year, took a nasty fall against St. John's on Thursday night, as center Chris Obekpa landed awkwardly on his neck after trying to block a shot. There were some scary moments as Williams was immobilized and taken off the court on a stretcher, but the good news is that Williams only had a neck and shoulder strain and shoulder blade bruise. In fact, he played against Clemson on Sunday afternoon.
Aaron Bright and Anthony Brown, Stanford: After missing four games -- including all three games out in the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis -- starting point guard Aaron Bright returned Sunday afternoon, playing 15 minutes and hitting his first three of the season after beginning the year 0-13. The news isn't as good from Brown, as Stanford announced last week that he would be redshirting this season due to a hip injury.
Deon Mitchell, Northern Iowa: Mitchell missed Saturday's game as he rested a bone bruise in his foot. His status for Wednesday is unclear, but Mitchell -- who is averaging 14.4 points and 4.0 assists as UNI's starting point guard -- was replaced in the starting lineup by Anthony James, a senior guard that led the team in scoring last season but was benched after being suspended for the first three games of the season.
Anton Grady, Cleveland State: The sophomore big man, who was picked by Luke Winn as a breakout performer this season, was putting together a decent season before injuring his knee last week badly enough to require surgery. He'll be out at least four weeks.
Jarvis Threatt, Delaware: Threatt took an elbow in the midsection during the Preseason NIT hard enough that he had to go to the hospital to check for internal injuries. It's officially listed as an abdominal injury, but Threatt didn't make the trip to Duke on Saturday and hasn't been cleared to play this week.