Morgan “probably dodged a bullet” with shoulder injury

Juwan Morgan doesn’t feel great.

But he’s feeling better.

Two days after their senior co-captain left the Michigan State game with a shoulder injury, the Hoosiers are hopeful that Morgan could be available for Thursday’s contest against No. 20 Iowa.

Morgan left Saturday’s game at the Breslin Center late in the first half after injuring his shoulder inside of a loose ball scrum. Morgan got tangled with Spartans swingman Kyle Ahrens, whose effort to secure the ball pulled Morgan’s left arm backwards in an unnatural motion.

In the moment, there was fear that Morgan may have sustained damage to his left shoulder, which was surgically repaired after his freshman season in 2016. On his weekly radio show Monday night, IU coach Archie Miller said he was encouraged by the developing medical report and remains hopeful that Morgan will be back on the floor before long.

“He probably dodged a bullet,” Miller said. “I think, more than anything with Juwan, there’s some concern there because he’s had shoulder injuries — a shoulder that went out quite a bit (as a freshman), then it was repaired. I think, more than anything, when he was on the ground and it was extended behind his head, the bodies that were landing on him hyperextended it and stretched him. I think, No. 1, (he was) in pain. Then, two, it probably (put) a scare in him, like oh no, not again.”

Although he wasn’t cleared to return to Saturday’s game, which Indiana won in overtime, Morgan did make his way back to the IU bench and actively encouraged his teammates down the stretch.

Morgan is averaging 15.9 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.

“We kind of knew when he got back to the bench in the second half that he was feeling a little bit better,” Miller said.

Morgan received treatment on Sunday and participated in a team workout on Monday. Although Miller said his senior forward isn’t feeling 100 percent, Morgan’s health seems to be trending in the right direction.

“Hopefully by the end of the week he’s feeling a little bit better without any setbacks,” Miller said.


  1. Notwithstanding the minor miracle that occurred at MSU with him out of the game, JM must recover from this injury if IU is to have any chance of producing a positive outcome to this season. He has done so much for this team and shown such courage over the last three seasons, he deserves to finish out his college career on the court.

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