Candace Parker to have X-ray on shoulder

Tennessee forward Candace Parker will have an X-ray on her right shoulder on Wednesday morning to determine if she sustained an injury in practice Tuesday afternoon.

Junior forward Candace Parker, the player of the year last season, was on offense and going to the basket when she came off the floor holding her right shoulder.

"I did not see it. I just saw her grab her shoulder," Coach Pat Summitt said. "She said it hurt when it happened."

Jenny Moshak, the Lady Vols assistant athletics director for sports medicine, examined Parker, who ended practice with ice bags on her shoulder.

"She didn't seem overly concerned," Summitt said of Moshak's initial reaction. "But we'll err on the side of caution and go have it checked out."

The first step is an X-ray in the office of Dr. Rebecca Morgan, the Lady Vols physician.

"She sees Dr. Morgan in the morning for an X-ray first," Moshak said. "Then, we'll go from there."

Two Lady Vols missed practice Tuesday. Freshman center Kelley Cain is still suffering from the effects of a blow above her right eye that left her with a concussion. She has not practiced since last Friday when the incident occurred. She is day to day. Senior guard Alberta Auguste has a contusion of the right calf and is also day-to-day. She missed Monday and Tuesday sessions.

Senior guard Alexis Hornbuckle, who had some knee pain Monday and missed the full court work, was able to return to practice Tuesday without restrictions.

Players missing practice for assorted physical reasons has been something that the Tennessee Lady Vol program has learned to deal with periodically.

"We do," Summitt said. "Hopefully they can get back in and when they get back in they can do some extra cardio to catch back up."

Summitt and two seniors, Hornbuckle and Nicky Anosike, will travel to Birmingham, Ala., on Wednesday for SEC Media Days. They will return afterwards for a late evening practice session with the team.


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