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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Perry Ellis OK after Kansas victory over Georgetown

Self: KU forward suffered bruised nerve in neck

Kansas forward Perry Ellis competes for a rebound with Georgetown center Josh Smith and teammate Tarik Black during the first half on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis competes for a rebound with Georgetown center Josh Smith and teammate Tarik Black during the first half on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas University players Tarik Black and Naadir Tharpe said KU forward Perry Ellis told them he was OK following a blow to the head during KU's 86-64 victory over Georgetown on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Black, who filled in well for Ellis, who played just 12 minutes, said Ellis told the team that when he shot the free throw following the foul he felt like he was going with the ball.

KU coach Bill Self addressed Elllis' status to open his postgame press conference.

"I'm not a doctor, OK, but if he had a concussion it's very, very, very slight," Self said. "What he did is he bruised a nerve in his neck and it's something that the doctors think he'll be able to come back from in a very short time."

Self said a "short time" meant a matter of days and with the Jayhawks not scheduled to play again until Dec. 30 and off for a few days because of winter break, Ellis is expected to be ready for KU's next game against Toledo.

Comments

Joe Joseph 4 months ago

He might have a bruised nerve (though I'm not sure how, after doing some googling...), but he definitely has/had a concussion. Perry didn't look right even before he shot the free throw.

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Mark Lindrud 4 months ago

Get some rest, it's deserved. Glad it's not worse on his behalf.

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John Randall 4 months ago

So glad to hear the injury did not involve a concussion. One replay looked vicious and will be used to justify calling G'town 'a bunch of thugs,' which they generally do not deserve. The other replay, from a better angle, showed contact to the neck/shoulder. You know which one the media hounds will flood the air with.

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Steve Kubler 4 months ago

Thanks for the Ellis update, he had me worried the way he was moving. Nice to hear it is not supposed to bother him for long!

Great game Jayhawks!!

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