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Butler’s Rotnei Clarke Suffered a Scary Injury on Saturday (Video)
You normally associate scary neck injuries with sports like football and hockey—sports where huge men are supposed to slam into each other at high speeds. In basketball, however, dangerous collisions are more rare. Sure, rough physical contact is part of the game, but generally you aren’t supposed to slam into your opponents in such a way that they will have to leave the court on a stretcher.
Freaky things can always happen, however, as Butler’s Rotnei Clarke found out on Saturday. The Bulldogs were in Dayton taking on the Flyers when Clarke was fouled hard while going for a layup midway through the first half. That foul sent Butler’s leading scorer crashing head-first into the basket support, and Clarke remained on the floor for eight minutes before being taken away on a stretcher.
Talk about scary. Check it out for yourself:
Fortunately, Sunday brought some good news for Clarke and Butler basketball. The team’s trainer said Clarke is sore and stiff, but that an MRI revealed only a significant sprain with no fractures. As a result, he was able to take part in a light workout at Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Of course, it remains to be seen how soon Rotnei will return to action. Here’s hoping he gets well soon—college basketball is a lot more exciting with a dangerous Butler team lurking in the weeds.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]