Rodney Hood has a deep bone bruise in his left knee. His status for Saturday at Alabama is unknown. Photo by: US Presswire
February 23, 2012 1:09:00 PM
STARKVILLE -- Medical tests on Wednesday revealed Mississippi State freshman Rodney Hood has a deep bone bruise in his left knee.
The 6-foot-8 guard/forward was injured late in the first half of the Bulldogs' 73-64 loss to No. 1 Kentucky while fighting for position on a rebound. He didn't return to the game, watching from the bench in the second half with crutches and a brace on his injured leg.
Though there is no structural damage to the knee, no return date has been set, according to MSU spokesman Gregg Ellis.
MSU media contact for men's basketball Gregg Ellis confirmed there is no structural damage or bone fracture in the knee.
"Overall, the news on Rodney Hood is very good considering it's a knee and the pain he was in," Ellis said.
Hood's started all 28 games this season, averaging 11 points per game.
"A huge, huge, huge blow for us," MSU coach Rick Stansbury said. "They wasn't going to cancel the game but when we lose one of our key guys Rodney Hood, with our lack of depth was huge for us. Absolutely huge for us."
Mississippi State (19-9, 6-7 Southeastern Conference) travels to face Alabama (17-9, 6-6) on Saturday.
3:30 p.m. - UPDATE - Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury has said Hood's status for Saturday at Alabama is "doubtful" and "is a question mark" to return next week. "
"Right now, it's very, very doubtful in any way he'll play," Stansbury said. "He had his treatments and stuff yesterday and we'll see today."
Stansbury has said sophomore guard Jalen Steele would replace Hood in the MSU starting lineup.
"Our options are so limited we'll probably do what we did to start the second half (against Kentucky)," Stansbury said. "We don't have many options there."
These quotes were pool reported by Jackson Clarion-Ledger reporter Brandon Marcello and we thank him for providing the rest of the MSU media with such material.
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