The senior point guard put any such thoughts to rest Tuesday. He expects to play in the final five regular season games and beyond.
That expectation began when he woke up Tuesday morning and his wrist was feeling better.
"This morning, I was able to do some things I haven't been able to do for a couple weeks, so I feel like today was a positive breakthrough."
The first thing Appling realized he could do was pretty basic: Driving.
"When I drove to class, I was able to drive with my right hand," he said. "At that point, I knew I was kind of getting over the hump a little bit. When I got to the gym, I was able to shoot and do some things. I'm getting there. It's coming along."
He took part in most of practice Tuesday as he looks to work the rust off, but was held out at the end, he said.
"I was a little mad at coach for pulling me out, but he's got my best interest at heart for the long run," he said.
The senior missed three games with the injury before returning to play 19 minutes against Nebraska.
Now, he doesn't care if he gets back into the starting lineup when the Spartans travel to play Purdue on Thursday. He just wants t play.
"Starting makes no difference to me as long as I get an opportunity to try and help my team win a basketball game, I'll be satisfied with that," he said. "Whether that's playing 10 minutes in the second half or starting, it really doesn't make a difference."