Keith Appling Injury: Updates on Michigan State Guard's Wrist and Return

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2014

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Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 18

Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News reports that Keith Appling is expected to play Thursday:

Updates from Monday, Feb. 17

Tom Izzo spoke on Keith Appling's status and the possibility of resting him for the postseason (via Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press):

Izzo said he might, at some point, have to consider "shutting him down" until the postseason if the wrist does not improve.

He said he has "no clue" whether Appling will play for the No. 13 Spartans (21-5, 10-3 Big Ten) at Purdue on Thursday (7 p.m., ESPN), after Appling returned from a three-game absence to play 19 minutes off the bench in Sunday's 60-51 home loss to Nebraska.

Izzo said Appling did not have a setback in that game but after watching him fail to get a jump shot close to the rim and favor his right hand in other ways, there are concerns about his health moving forward.

"You saw him play," Izzo said.

Updates from Sunday, Feb. 16

Dan Kilbridge of has the latest on Keith Appling's return to the lineup:

Updates from Friday, Feb. 14

Joe Rexrode of Detroit Free Press has the latest on Appling:

Updates from Thursday, Feb. 13

Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis reports that Appling is very close to returning for the Spartans:

Updates from Tuesday, Feb.11

Tom Izzo updated Keith Appling's status (via Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press):

Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press interview Appling about his injury:

Do you have a timetable in mind?

“Just whenever I’m ready, I’m just gonna get back out there. Right now I’m just doing as much as I can. But like I said, whenever I’m ready, I’m gonna get back out there.”

Has there been any progress?

“Oh yeah, definitely, there’s been a lot of progress. But I mean, I’m just gonna continue to get rest and continue to do what I’ve been doing to get it where it’s at right now.”

Could you take a jump shot right now without pain?

“Nah, not right now. I haven’t tried it. I can shoot like finger shots but I haven’t really stepped out and like tried to shoot a jumper. So I don’t know.”

Updates from Sunday, Feb. 9

Tom Izzo talked about Keith Appling's injured wrist and a possible return (via Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press):

Updates From Friday, Nov. 7

According to, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has no timetable for Appling's return:

The Spartans got Adreian Payne back Thursday from a foot injury that caused him to miss seven games, but Izzo said a timeframe for Appling's return is unclear.

"I have no idea," Izzo said, according to "This has been the most frustrating. It's beyond disgusting. I have no timeframe. I know he won't practice tomorrow. Whether he does on Saturday or plays Sunday or whether we're going (to Wisconsin) without him, I wish I could tell you. If I knew, I'd tell you."

Izzo said that Appling's wrist had improved since the North Carolina game but that he has aggravated it in Big Ten play.

"I can't tell you what it was like yesterday," Izzo said. "I'm sitting in my office preparing for practice. I talked to Keith the night before and it sounded like things were getting better. Then the trainer calls and says, 'He can hardly move his wrist.'"

The Detroit News' Matt Charboneau has an update on Appling:

Izzo also added this, per Detroit Free Press reporter Joe Rexrode:

“(Appling) said it was a little better,” Izzo said. “But they didn’t expect after the manipulating and all the stuff they did to it (Thursday), they said two days. So that will be tomorrow I think, will be the big thing. I’m optimistically pessimistic on it, I guess.”

Original Text

Michigan State just can’t seem to get healthy this season.

The good news heading into the Feb. 6 game against Penn State was that superstar Adreian Payne returned after missing seven games with a sprained foot, but the Spartans were without point guard Keith Appling.

Coach Tom Izzo told Gillian Van Stratt of the following before the game regarding Appling’s health:

We found out yesterday that Keith Appling was probably not going to play and that's been verified today. The wrist is just getting worse and it got to the point where he just couldn't do anything. We've done all the medical work we can do on it.

It hasn't been right. His shooting percentage we all know has gone down.

The guy's been playing through it. He's the toughest guy I've got. He hasn't missed a game since he's been on campus and he's going to miss tonight.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 1:  Keith Appling #11 of the Michigan State Spartans drives to the basket against Jabril Trawick #55 of the Georgetown Hoyas during the game at Madison Square Garden on February 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Nate Shron/Getty
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Despite Appling’s absence, the Spartans managed to handle Penn State with ease, winning 82-67. Payne scored 12 points in his return.

While things appeared fine during the win over the Nittany Lions, Michigan State needs Appling going forward if a Big Ten championship is in the cards.

Games against Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa and Ohio State are still looming on the schedule, and even the contests against the squads in the bottom half of the conference could prove difficult without the senior point guard.


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