Shavon Shields Injury: Updates on Nebraska Forward's Status and Recovery

Daniel KramerFeatured Columnist

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - JANUARY 30: Shavon Shields #31 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers brings the ball up court during the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Mackey Arena on January 30, 2016 in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue defeated Nebraska 89-74. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Nebraska forward Shavon Shields suffered a scary injury and needed to be carted off the court on Feb. 6 against Rutgers and has not played since. It's unclear when he'll return to the court. 

Continue for updates.

Latest on Shields' Playing Status

Wednesday, Feb. 24 

Nebraska head coach Tim Miles told reporters he expected Shields to play Saturday against Penn State, in the team's final home game.

“I would expect he’ll play; I don’t know how much,” Miles said. “I think he expects to be Shavon, and I just want him to be the best he can be right now.” 

Shields Maintains Movement In Extremities

Saturday, Feb. 6

Shields was flipped over the back of a Rutgers player and knocked unconscious for several moments but maintained use of his arms and legs, according to HuskerSports.

Michael Bruntz of 247Sports reported Shields is undergoing testing, but he is "alert and has sensation in his hands and feet."

Brian Hamilton of Sports Illustrated released a statement from Nebraska:

The senior was then carted off to a standing ovation from the packed house at Pinnacle Bank Arena, as shown by the Big Ten Network:

Shields had his feet taken out from under him while attempting to block a shot and landed on his head and neck area when falling. He was motionless for roughly five minutes before he was carted off and taken to the hospital, but he regained use of his extremities. 

Athletic trainer R.J. Pietig confirmed Shields regained full awareness and was able to answer questions, according to Brian Rosenthal of the Lincoln Journal Star

Further diagnosis on the extent of Shields’ injury wasn’t immediately disclosed, but Pietig was optimistic when speaking to Dirk Chatelain of the Omaha World-Herald:

Shields is the team’s second-leading scorer with 15.6 points per game, behind only superstar Andrew White. More chiefly, he’s the team’s distinguished leader as a four-year starter.