Kyrie Irving Update: Duke Star Freshman To Start Rehab Next Month Father Says

Mike KlineAnalyst IJanuary 18, 2011

Duke star freshman Kyrie Irving may be start rehab on his injured toe early next month.
Duke star freshman Kyrie Irving may be start rehab on his injured toe early next month.Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Kyrie Irving's father told Fox Sports' Jeff Goodman Tuesday that the Duke star freshman point guard may be out of his cast and doing rehab on his injured toe early next month.

Rumors have been circulating that Irving could be ready to go late February or early March, but nothing has been definitively announced.

Irving's father Drederick told Goodman that Irving's cast would come off on Feb. 4 and he would begin non-surgical rehab.

Before Duke fans start running over to their respective calendars and marking the days off like a kid waiting for Christmas, the elder Irving added that his son would not play unless he is 100 percent.

Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski has not yet commented on the reports, but has stated in the past that the Blue Devils staff would take a very cautious approach to Irving's injury.

Duke associate head coach Chris Collins has said multiple times that Irving's injury is a unique one and that doctors haven't even officially named the injury, though it has been described as a much worse version of turf toe.

The injury is said to involve both damage to the ligaments and bone in his big toe. So far, Duke has consulted countless experts and have opted for a non-surgical approach.

Prior to his injury Dec. 4 against Butler, Irving was leading the Blue Devils in both points and assists per game, with 17 and 5 respectively, and was considered an early favorite for just about every Freshman of the Year award he would have been eligible for.

His mind-blowing quickness helped him outperform preseason All-American Jacob Pullen and put on a show against the then No. 6 ranked Michigan State Spartans, all within a weeks time.

If he does manage to return it is likely that it will take the Blue Devils, who have tried to grow accustomed to life without Irving, some time to reincorporate him, but there are far worse scenarios Duke would have to face.

As for now, until he suits up or Duke announces he is 100 percent, no one should expect to see Irving doing anything but cheering from the sidelines.