The Cincinnati media has hounded UC’s practices this week in hopes of learning some news about the status of senior power forward Justin Jackson’s injury. He went down early in the Temple game on Sunday and didn’t return. Jackson didn’t practice yesterday or today but Mick Cronin provided an update on his ankle.
Cronin said Jackson won’t practice today. He is shooting around with the team pre-practice without limp and is moving well.
— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) January 28, 2014
Well that’s good news. When Jackson partook in halftime warmups against Temple, he was limping severely and as a result held out of the remainder of the game. By the looks of it, a few days of light workouts and rest has done him some good. The limp appears to be completely gone and per Bill Koch he is expected to play against Louisville tomorrow night.
— Bill Koch (@bkoch) January 29, 2014
I’d absolutely love to be over the moon about this news. I really would. Don’t get me wrong, I’m extremely relieved to hear that JJ is running around and feeling normal. But I’m cautiously optimistic that he actually plays tomorrow.
1.30.2014 UPDATE: Justin Jackson will play against Louisville.
We don’t know as of now the extent of his injury. Sure he “feels” fine and doesn’t display a limp but I’m skeptical that his ankle is completely back to 100%. It seems like Jackson hasn’t tested his ankle this week at game speed, being relegated to mere walkthroughs. So we can’t truly know how close to fully healed it is. Plus, if Justin Jackson does start and the ankle isn’t 100%, who knows what might happen if he pushes it too much and reinjures it to the extent that he misses the rest of the season.
I’m sure scenarios like this are running through Mick Cronin’s head in the hours leading up to the game. But I’m confident he’ll make the right decision come tip off. So while the news that Justin Jackson is relatively healthy is encouraging, I’d wait until the lineup is revealed just before the game before locking him in to start or even play against Louisville.