Likely to redshirt this season, Creek comments on third season-ending injury

After sustaining his third injury in three seasons in Bloomington, junior wing Maurice Creek spoke to the media today, along with coach Tom Crean, about Creek’s future with Indiana, his newest prognosis, and his injury-riddled past.

Creek said his newest injury, a torn achilles, was sustained at his apartment when he “took a stair wrong”. He came down on his left foot and the back of his foot “just snapped”. He thought it was just a sprain, but after getting it attended to, it was determined that Creek would undergo a third-straight season-ending surgery.

Crean said today that it’s “highly doubtful” Creek will return this year and will likely redshirt.

“There’s nothing we can do about that,” Creek said. “It’s just a freak accident. I wish I could just rewind time and get it back, but it happened. It’s just going to be one day at a time.”

Crean said that, barring any complications, Creek should be able to make a full recovery. At the very least, there was nothing during surgery or involving his other injuries that would lead them to believe that Creek won’t return.

Crean applauded Creek’s attitude through the three season-ending injuries and spoke on end about how Creek will still have a role with the team this season.

“It’s really hard to put into context what has happened with him,” Crean said. “The one thing I can put into context is that he’s one tough young man. He embodies the spirit of what we want this program to be about. Not only has he had one major injury and surgery … he’s now had three in less than 22 months.”

Before the recent freak injury, Crean said Creek was on pace to be a contributor this season and looked to be healing well from his past injuries, calling the situation “day-to-day”. But now, Creek will likely redshirt and possibilities have been discussed in relation to another year of eligibility, due to his injury history.

“He had some really good moments and flashes,” Crean said. “It wasn’t even close to what we were seeing (a year ago). Certainly redshirting would have been a possibility, but after the last few months, it wasn’t a probability. Now there’s no choice obviously.”

12 comments

  1. He just seems to have bad legs period. I mean I really hope he can come back after next year. I just would not count on it as it seems his legs have some serious problems.

  2. Best of luck to you, Maurice. Take some time and rest up – you must be exhausted. I wish you succes in whatever you decide to do. We’re all pulling for you.

  3. This downtime will do his knees good. He will be back and contributing next season. Get well Creek. FYI, the ” goes after the .

  4. I think there was a lot of sentiment out there that it might be in Creek’s best interests to not rush back this season anyway, so maybe it’s a blessing in disguise. Nothing else for him to do now but stay positive and move forward. Still a devastating blow to the young man, but he seems to have a strong mind and will be able to overcome this adversity. Come back stronger, Mo!

  5. I am curious as to whether this injury is to the leg that suffered the initial knee injury(2 years ago)or the one suffering the second knee injury(about a year ago)?

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