Springs’ MRI negative, no timetable for return

Sources told that a magnetic resonance imaging scan on junior guard Akeem Springs’ knee yesterday came back negative. Fears were that Springs had torn a ligament in his knee, but the diagnosis is that Springs only has a bone bruise and a strained muscle in the back of his knee.

Springs suffered the injury early in Saturday’s game against Detroit. The wing hurt his knee coming down after his first layup of the game. He played through the pain and finished Saturday with 12 points and seven rebounds.

There is no timetable for his return. The training staff is going to play it by ear, and Springs will return when he feels ready to play.

Springs was in street clothes for yesterday’s 82-79 loss to the Oakland Golden Grizzlies. Springs’ 14.3 points per game are good for 2nd on the team and 8th in the Horizon League, while his 5.3 rebounds per game are tied with J.J. Panoske for both 2nd on the team and 12th in the conference.

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