Indiana coach Tom Crean was an in-studio guests for ESPNU's coverage of Midnight Madness on Friday night. When asked by Andy Katz, he gave injury updates on some of the team's freshmen.
Center Luke Fischer suffered a torn labrum before practice started, and Crean said the team would be fortunate to have him back by the second exhibition game. Crean said Fischer is currently participating in 5-on-0 drills.
A torn labrum is a fairly significant injury. According to a doctor friend of mine, the injury requires the patient to carry the injured arm in a sling for at least four weeks. The friend said the minimum recovery time is six weeks for a torn labrum.
Obviously, that's troubling news for the young Fischer, who needs time to adapt to the college game. The Hoosiers will need Fischer to play a significant role when he's healthy.
Freshman guard Stanford Robinson, who suffered a bruised knee in the Hoosier Hysteria scrimmage earlier this month, is expected to return to practice by the end of next week, Crean said.
Freshman forward Troy Williams has been practicing the last couple of weeks with his left hand because his right hand is still in a cast. Crean said Williams will get the cast off sometime soon.