IOWA CITY, IA - - Senior center Jared Reiner underwent surgery Friday to repair a stress fracture in his right foot and will be out of action indefinitely. Reiner's injury initially occurred in mid-December, but initial x-rays did not show a stress fracture. The injury was discovered when Reiner had additional x-rays taken following practice on Thursday.
"It's a very unfortunate injury for Jared," said Iowa Coach Steve Alford. "You never like to see injuries, and it's especially tough when it happens to a senior. We'll support Jared as much as we possibly can during his recovery process."
"I give Jared a lot of credit. He has played through a significant amount of pain every day over the past few weeks," added Alford. "He began to feel the discomfort in mid- to late-December, yet he missed no games or practice time while playing with the injury. As a team, the rest of our guys have to accept the challenge of playing without Jared. When you have injuries, everyone needs to step forward to help fill the void. I have confidence our guys will do that."
The 6-11, 255-pound Reiner is a native of Tripp, South Dakota. He played in Iowa's first 13 games this season, with 12 starts. Reiner is averaging 10.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, while also collecting 11 blocked shots.
His career numbers include 79 starts and 109 games played, with a 5.7 scoring average and an average of 4.7 rebounds per game. He led the Big Ten Conference in rebounding, for all games and conference games only, last season. Reiner earned honorable mention all-conference honors in 2003 and academic all-Big Ten honors in both 2002 and 2003.