Monday, December 6, 2010

Injuries piling up for Saints

LOUDONVILLE - It's good thing that the Siena Saints have a few days before their next game because they are starting to look like the walking wounded.

Owen Wignot left the hospital seemingly without a concussion, something that the Siena trainers are still unsure of though because the junior forward has some of the symptoms.

Wignot had a CAT scan and an MRI taken at the hospital.

"He might be out, I'm not sure, it's hard to say," said Siena coach Mitch Buonaguro.

After issues like those of former Siena player Cory Magee and the increased awareness about the problems with concussions, Buonaguro will take it slow with Wignot.

"I think it's a very serious thing, when you have a player who gets hit like that," Buonaguro said. "You have to cover all the bases with it and I'm not going to play him until he's feeling better. There's no way."

Wignot will not practice on Monday and neither will junior guard Kyle Griffin.

Griffin injured his shoulder last Thursday in practice when a teammate ran into him.

Another player who's coming back from an injury is junior Kyle Downey, who played his first nine minutes of the season against UAlbany on Saturday.

Downey was 0-for-4 from the field and had one turnover against the Great Danes.

"I'm a little worried about Kyle," Buonaguro said. "He didn't look right to me."

Buonaguro said he was unsure of if to play Downey, but that the junior guard wanted to get on the floor.

"I don't know if he's ready physically yet," Buonaguro said. "I think he's still a little hurt."

Senior Clarence Jackson has struggles with his shot over the past two games, going 8-for-36 from the field.

Jackson is now shooting just 40 percent from the field, despite averaging 16.9 points per game.

Buonaguro said Monday that Jackson may still be affected by the foot injury he sustained before the start of the season, which is causing him to wear orthotics in his shoes.

"He's not the same," Buonaguro said.

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