TERRE HAUTE —
Indiana State guard Jake Kelly’s foot injury, which was thought to be minor, is worse than expected.
Kelly was X-rayed on Thursday and the diagnosis was that he has a stress reaction in his left foot.
Kelly said a stress reaction can be a precursor to a stress fracture. Or, it can heal on its own without significant time off.
“I have to be very careful on it. I have to do a lot of icing otherwise it will turn into a stress fracture,” Kelly said Friday before ISU departed for its game at Evansville tonight.
The difference between time off for a stress reaction or stress fracture can be significant. Depending on the athlete, a stress fracture can take a few weeks to more than a month to heal. A stress reaction recovery usually takes less time.
The senior ISU guard suffered the injury just before Christmas break when he was stepped on in practice.
“I got hurt right before break. I got stepped on and it got twisted a little bit. I didn’t think anything of it. It didn’t hurt,” Kelly said.
But then it got worse.
“I rested it during break. I practiced Sunday and Monday and I started feeling it during the second half of practice on Monday. I couldn’t practice Tuesday,” Kelly said.
Kelly did not practice Tuesday and did not play in ISU’s 80-66 victory over Bradley at Hulman Center on Wednesday.
Kelly did not take part in any rigorous activity in practice Friday as ISU prepared for its game today at Evansville. He did some light shooting drills under the supervision of ISU trainer Brad Yeargin.
Kelly will have another evaluation next Friday.
Though there is no official word on his playing status from ISU, Kelly is doubtful for the Evansville game Saturday and probably for the Illinois State game on Tuesday at Hulman Center.
“I have complete trust in Brad and the doctors. He’s resting it as much as possible. He’ll be in a boot until he’s practicing or playing. Right now, it’s a day-to-day thing. We’d love to have him, but we have 13 other guys that are capable,” ISU coach Greg Lansing said.
The cure is rest. Kelly said if he experiences any pain in his foot at all, it denotes swelling and he must rest immediately.
“I have to get to practice early everyday. I have to do treatment and stay off of it as much as possible. During practice, I’ll get some shots up, but besides that, I’ll be in a boot,” Kelly said.
For Kelly, it’s another injury-related setback in an ISU stunted by them. Almost one year ago to the day, Kelly suffered a season-ending ACL tear in a game at Southern Illinois.
Kelly is ISU’s second-leading scorer at 11.2 points per game.
“I’m staying positive. I know there’s nothing I can do about it. Sometimes life throws you some curveballs and you have to adjust. It’s how you react to it, not about what’s thrown your way. That’s what I’ve learned with my experiences,” Kelly said.
TERRE HAUTE —
Indiana State guard Jake Kelly’s foot injury, which was thought to be minor, is worse than expected.
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