Neck injury can't keep Butler's top scorer down

Neck injury can't keep Butler's top scorer down
January 13, 2013, 7:42 pm
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Butler head coach Brad Stevens looks on as his trainers attend to Rotnei Clarke after Clarke was injured during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Dayton, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Clarke was taken from the arena on a backboard.(AP Photo/Skip Peterson)


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Butler says guard Rotnei Clarke went through a light workout Sunday at Hinkle Fieldhouse, one day after he crashed into a basket support and injured his neck.

Team trainer Ryan Galloy says Clarke is sore and stiff but no longer needs a protective collar. Galloy calls it a ``significant'' neck sprain and an MRI showed no fractures. The 14th-ranked Bulldogs have not yet said when their leading scorer can resume contact.

Clarke was hurt when he was fouled on a layup during Saturday's 79-73 victory at Dayton. Clarke said he initially lost feeling below his neck. Eight minutes later, he was taken away on a stretcher and sent to a local hospital. After being released, Clarke returned to Indianapolis with his teammates.

He's averaging 16.3 points this season.