Freshman forward Steve Goins, who missed Saturday's game against Bryant while awaiting the results of a second MRI exam on his lower left leg, returned to practice today. Coach Gary Williams seemed surprised to see Goins participating in a shoot around at the Comcast Center's auxillary gym without wearing a protective boot. Still, Williams said, Goins is not expected to play tomorrow night against Elon.
Williams also said he hoped sophomore forward Jerome Burney, who has missed the past three weeks with a stress fracture in his right foot, would be able to return in two weeks, which may mean Burney could play in the Terps' ACC season opener Jan. 10 against Georgia Tech.
Results from Goins's second MRI exam revealed no stress fracture in the ankle or foot, according to Williams.
"There’s heat there, I guess," Williams said. "That’s what they told me. I’m not a doctor."
"Okay. Whatever. So I guess he’s still walking around in a boot."
About a minute later, while addressing Goins' timetable for return, Williams decided to investigate for himself.
"I’m not the doctor, you know; I’ve given up," Williams said. "It’s just, when he can play, he’ll play. I don’t expect him to, no. In fact, where is he? (Leans forward.) There he is out there. Does he have a … oh, he’s walking around with his shoes on."
Indeed, Goins was shooting baskets sans the black protective boot he wore on the sideline during Saturday night's game. He did sport a black calf sleeve on his left leg. Williams said he did not know when Goins would be able to return to action, but made it clear the choice would be up to the player.
"If he wants to play, he can play," Williams said. "There’s nothing in there – what they worry about, I guess, is that you get a stress fracture, but then you probably sit out for three weeks like you do now before you have it so what’s the difference? Guys are different. Some guys play with an incredible amount of pain. Some guys don’t have the same pain tolerance. That doesn’t mean you’re a bad person; it’s just the way athletes are."
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