Cowboy Basketball Injury Update

There is still no official status to report on Fred Gulley's most recent shoulder injury that he suffered against Stanford in New York City but Ford described it as, "Not good."

Gulley underwent his first battery of tests Monday morning after returning from the NIT Season Tip-Off.

"We took x-rays this morning for the first time and they were good but we're waiting to see the MRI," Ford said. "We're waiting to see the status of the ligaments and the muscle but the bones look good. When you have a history like he's had we're trying to be as cautious as we can be. He needs time for it to be stronger; he has not been back on the court.

"I don't know when he'll be back on the court. I don't think it will be today and I don't think it will be tomorrow but he could walk in here right now and say he's ready but, from what I was told by our trainer this morning, we need to give it time to heal and get stronger or it could be one of those things that happens over and over again."

The injury was to his left shoulder, which is not the shoulder that required season-ending surgery after seven games last season. But that is not to say he hasn't had issues with his left shoulder in the past.

Gulley has had surgery on his left shoulder but it was for a cyst, not an injury.

"It had nothing to do with it getting knocked out of place like the other one," Ford said. "This is the first time this one has ever been knocked out of place. We don't know, we hope for the best because we need him back on the court as soon as possible. He gives our team some toughness and leadership ability. Those are the things we missed the most … we need some experience and we need some leadership."

Ford also addressed the lingering toe injury hampering senior captain Keiton Page. Page said he was back to around 90 percent but Ford described him as being more in the 40-50 percent range.

The turf-toe type injury is healing well and Page is expected to be back at full strength possibly by the Cowboys' game against Langston on Sunday. The injury is more discomfort than debilitating.


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