Hairston Suffers Soft Tissue Heel Injury

EUGENE, Ore. — Junior guard Malik Hairston suffered an unusual injury, torn soft tissue in his left heel, during Tuesday's practice at McArthur Court and is doubtful for Saturday's game versus Mercer. Hairston was driving to the basket and when he jumped, felt sharp pain in his foot.

An MRI test revealed that Hairston tore soft tissue that functions as insulation between the peroneal tendons and bones in the heel. The test also confirmed that Hairston did not suffer any ligament or tendon damage in the foot or ankle. While not considered a major injury, the exact length of Hairston's recovery is yet to be determined because of its unusual nature. Members of the Oregon medical staff stated the type of injury is not common in athletics, but anticipated they would have a better idea regarding a recovery time once the swelling in Hairston's heel subsides in a couple of days.

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