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American senior forward Bryce Simon, wearing a knee brace, was on the court with his teammates for Monday’s practice, but his return remains in doubt. Simon tore his anterior crucitate ligament in the Patriot League semifinal in March, re-injured the knee in early fall and then injured it again.

“It’s a really tough thing,” American Coach Jeff Jones said. “I feel so badly for him.”

Simon has put off having surgery on the knee. If he has the knee repaired now, the rehabilitation process would prevent him from playing this season.

“We’re trying right now to determine how much of an impact could he have on this year’s team,” Jones said. “He’s so close to the other seniors. He would like to play with them and graduate with them.”

After being assured by the doctors and trainers that no further damage is likely to Simon’s knee, the coaches are evaluating him during practices. Jones said a decision on Simon’s return will be made no earlier than the Dec. 29 Manhattan game and no later than the Jan. 2 Brown game.

Simon started 31 games for the Eagles last season, averaging seven points and four rebounds per game. Jones said his absence has been keenly felt by the Eagles.

“He gives us another outside shooter,” Jones said. “He’s our best passer. He’s a very smart player. He’s not the quickest guy, but he’s able to do things, particularly against zones.”

By Kathy Orton  |  December 17, 2008; 7:00 AM ET
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