Marshall in Removable Splint

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Kendall Marshall had his cast removed on Wednesday and is now wearing a removable splint, his father, Dennis, confirmed to Inside Carolina.

"The coaching staff and trainers and doctors are doing a great job with Kendall in taking every precaution necessary, making sure Kendall will heal in the long run," Dennis Marshall told Inside Carolina.

"Everyone is happy with the way it's progressing."

Marshall fractured the scaphoid bone in his right wrist during Sunday's third-round NCAA Tournament game against Creighton. He had surgery on Monday morning to insert a screw in his wrist.

Marshall and his family had a consultation visit at the Smith Center on Tuesday, according to a campus source.

That same source reported that the sophomore point guard has not practiced this week and watched Wednesday's practice -- during which senior Justin Watts and freshman Stilman White ran the point -- from the scorer's table.

Marshall was wearing the splint while watching practice, but is expected to wear a more suitable brace if he tries to play this weekend. The team is working under the assumption that Marshall will not be available.

"Our preparation is 100 percent to play without Kendall," UNC head coach Roy Williams said on Tuesday.

With regards to Marshall's odds for playing on Friday, that remains completely up in the air.

"As Coach Williams said, no one knows," his father added, saying it will obviously depend on the state of the incision and how Marshall feels in St. Louis.

A second source told Inside Carolina the decision to play will ultimately be Marshall's to make based on swelling and the level of pain he can tolerate.

The situation is expected to work similarly to the process John Henson went through last week with his left wrist injury. Henson had problems gripping, holding and shooting the ball prior to the ACC title game on Mar. 11 and did not play. He showed no problems with those aspects during last Friday's shootaround before the NCAA Tournament second round game against Vermont, but Williams wasn't satisfied with how comfortable Henson looked and didn't allow him to play.

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