The latest on Kevin Kruger's injury

Kevin Kruger's badly bruised thigh kept him out of practice again on Friday afternoon. It could keep him out a whole lot longer than that.

Kruger, who took a knee to the left thigh while fighting through a screen early in Wednesday night's 86-76 overtime loss at Wyoming, limped out onto the court at the end of practice and look to be in worse shape than immediately after the game. He couldn't even bend his knee.

He'll definitely miss Saturday night's key MWC home game with BYU at the Thomas & Mack Center and could be sidelined even longer if the injury doesn't improve soon.

"I don't know," UNLV coach Lon Kruger said when asked how long his son could be sidelined. "It's a huge amount of swelling right now. There's not much flex in the knee. It's just so swollen that there's no mobility there.

"There's no way of knowing at this point (how long Kevin will be out). I mean, it's two days later and it's very swollen. (There's) no weight bearing right now. The next couple or three days will tell a lot. But I don't have any idea (how long he'll be sidelined."

It isn't uncommon for football players who suffer the same injury to miss several weeks.

UNLV has a week off between its game against BYU and a Jan. 20 date at TCU.

Kruger said that true freshman Marcus Lawrence will start at the point against BYU with junior Curtis Terry also expected to see plenty of action.


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