Monday, January 18, 2010

Drew, Davis latest injuries for UNC Tar Heels

The injury bug continues to bite North Carolina -- hard. Starting point guard Larry Drew II and starting forward Ed Davis did not practice on Monday, coach Roy Williams said.

Drew hyper-extended his knee and Davis sprained his left ankle during Saturday's loss against Georgia Tech. Drew is expected to play against Wake Forest on Wednesday, a team spokesman said.

They are just the newest injuries in a slate of twists, turns, breaks and pains that have sidelined five other players -- including reserve forward Tyler Zeller, who is out for 4-6 weeks with a fractured foot -- for at least one game.

"It's the most unsettled team I've had, just the nagging injuries, and taking people out of games,'' Williams said. "The last three years, we've had more injuries than any other five or six years that I've ever had as a coach. So lineup changes have been a lot, just because of that right there."

Williams said Davis' hurt ankle, which was re-taped during the game, likely contributed to his output.

" I think it really limited his effectiveness, needless to say, in the second half,'' Williams said. "Ed Davis didn't get a rebound from the 15-minute mark through the rest of the game, and he's one of the best rebounders that I've ever coached."

-- Robbi Pickeral


Anonymous said...

Good grief. Just let this season end.

Anonymous said...

Ever notice that when a team starts losing,they start whining about injuries,but never say a thing when they're winning?ALL TEAMS have injuries!!!It's like in little league when a kid slides into home plate and there is a collision with the catcher,he pops right up if he's safe,but lays there crying if called out.We all know roy is going to cry about something,so why not a bad hair day injury lol. Hey robbi.....stick to reporting about chess or competitive spearfishing.When unc is involved,you are telling us old news.