[12:25 p.m. UPDATE, from Chris Korman]
Sorry to be late with this. Been getting some things done. Mostly, watching the college basketball. Which, when you are a college basketball writer, can be considered “getting some things done.” My parents are so impressed with how much I work.
Anywhere, here’s the latest, via IU news release:
Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has announced that freshman guard Maurice Creek (Oxon Hill, Maryland/Hargrave Military Academy) underwent surgery today to repair damage to his left knee, which was injured Monday night in a game against Bryant.
“In visiting with Dr. Steve Ahlfeld, the surgery went very well and we expect a full recovery,” said Crean. “His rehabilitation will start as soon as possible.”
Creek, who leads the Hoosiers averaging 16.4 points, is not expected to return to the lineup this season.
“After spending time with Maurice and his family tonight, it is clear they are very touched by all the support they have received from fans and friends across the country,” Crean added.
[5:45 p.m.UPDATE, from Dustin Dopirak]
Indiana has provided no update on Maurice Creek’s surgery yet, but we managed to get a hold of a few doctors who specialize in this sort of thing. They obviously aren’t directly connected to Indiana so none of them have seen x-rays or MRI’s of Creek’s knee but they were able to provide some insight. We’ll hit the general points here and discuss them more in detail in tomorrow’s Herald-Times.
A knee fracture, they said, is a vague diagnosis that could mean a fracture of any of the four bones that make up the knee: the fibula, femur, patella and tibia. Because Creek had surgery, they deduced that it had to be one of the latter three bones because if it was the fibula, Creek would have just been put in a cast and there would be no operation. One doctor said that from seeing the pictures in the newspaper he deduced that it was a broken patella, which is the knee cap. That, however, doesn’t make it any more or less of a problem than the femur or tibia.
The general recovery time, they said, is three to four months. It requires about six to eight weeks of healing before an athlete can begin full-scale therapy, then another six to eight weeks of recovery time before someone can get back to running and jumping and playing basketball. Creek will eventually have a full recovery, they said, but there is a question about whether or not he will return to pre-injury strength next season.
“With any kind of knee injury, whether it’s an ACL tear or a knee fracture or anything, that first season back, you can tell they’re just not their old self,” said Dr. Greg Estes, an orthopedic surgeon at Indiana Orthopedic Center in Indianapolis. “It’s usually not until their second season that they’re back to what they used to be. That’s not a hard and fast rule, but it’s a pretty common thing.”
Maurice Creek, who suffered a fractured knee in Indiana’s win against Bryant last night, will probably not have surgery until later today. His mother was being flown into town so that she could be with him at the time of the procedure.
Meanwhile, we’re trying to figure out what exactly a fractured knee might involve. Yes, we’ve visited all the same Web sites you have. But we’re also trying to employ the ancient journalistic technique of interviewing people. So far, we’ve had little luck getting a doctor on the phone. Turns out people like to take this week off from work.
We’ll bring you whatever update we can in the coming hours.