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January 6, 2011Nebraska got a pretty big scare on Thursday when senior point guard Lance Jeter had x-rays done on his left wrist after he injured it during a hard fall in Wednesday's win over Savannah State.
Unlike the rash of major setbacks the Huskers have suffered in recent years, though, this one appears to have ended with good news.
According to Jeter, head coach Doc Sadler and Nebraska's basketball training staff, the Beaver Falls, Penn., native's x-rays came back negative and the injury was merely a sprained wrist. Jeter wore a small brace on his wrist during Thursday's practice, but he fully participated and showed no signs of it holding him back.
With Nebraska opening up its Big 12 Conference schedule Saturday night at home against Iowa State, having a healthy Jeter to run the show is a crucial piece to the Huskers' success.
As of Thursday, Jeter ranks second in the Big 12 with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.93, sixth in steals (1.93 per game), seventh in assists (3.93 per game) and he's also NU's second-leading scorer with 10.1 points per game.
"It's nothing serious," Jeter said. "I just jammed it when I fell last night during the game. It ain't nothing too big. I'll be ready for Saturday."
Jeter said he played through the pain the rest of the game, and he went on to finish with seven points, three steals and two assists in the win.
The willingness to tough out an injury like that even against a weaker non-conference opponent is a characteristic Jeter said he lives by every time he steps on the court.
"That's how you have to approach every game, because everything ain't promised to you," Jeter said. "That's what Coach always says, you've got to cherish these moments. That's what I do every time I step on the court."
For Sadler, that's exactly the kind of mindset he wants from his senior team leader.
"That's Lance," Sadler said. "If we are going to make tough plays, Lance will be the one to make them. He has been there.
"I think the biggest thing that Lance has done has been when we are struggling, he tries to get his teammates going in a positive way. We don't need to compound the problem by being negative. That doesn't help anything."
In other injury news, junior guard Brandon Richardson sat out of Thursday's practice with a sprained MCL in his right leg.
Despite how it sounds, both Richardson and NU trainers said the injury wasn't all that serious, and Richardson said he had full intentions of being back on the court for Saturday's game against the Cyclones.
"I'll be out there Saturday, I know that much," he said.