Colorado Aussie Day-To-Day

Ron KnabenbauerCorrespondent IDecember 5, 2008

A familiar face was missing for the Colorado Buffaloes 62-46 loss to TCU on Wednesday night.

After starting every game this season, freshman point guard Nate Tomlinson sat on the bench Wednesday, watching helplessly as his team fell to the Horned Frogs.

Head coach Jeff Bzdelik said that the reason that Tomlinson didn't play was because he injured his foot during the second half of the season-opener versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff and has been playing with pain throughout this early season.

"Nate is such a competitor that I knew he was lying to me," said Bzdelik at the post game press conference on Wednesday. "He wanted to play tonight but we have to be smart. He has to get healthy and we have to find out for sure what's wrong and fix it."

Bzdelik said the worst case scenario would be a stress fracture which would put him out for six weeks.

However, that worst case scenario wasn't realized as an MRI on Thursday reveled just a foot sprain.

A relieved Bzdelik said that this was great news since the Australian native has become a leader on the team, and has made a huge impact on the court averaging 9.6 points and 3.6 assists per game.

"Obviously, this is great news," Bzdelik said in a press release on Thursday. "Hopefully, we can get Nate back to 100 percent."

Tomlinson is listed Day-to-Day, but he should have plenty of time to heal before CU's next game on Dec. 10 against in-state rival Colorado State at 8 p.m.