Butler may be facing a challenging week of basketball without its most potent offensive weapon.
Senior guard Rotnei Clarke suffered a neck injury in Butler’s 79-73 victory at Dayton on Saturday and had to be taken to an area hospital for evaluation. Though he missed the second half of Saturday’s game, and returned to Indianapolis with the team, he was able to return to the basketball court on Sunday according to the university.
Clarke was in Hinkle Fieldhouse on Sunday to receive treatment from Bulldogs’ head athletic trainer Ryan Galloy.
The Butler scoring leader underwent an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) in Indianapolis on Saturday evening after returning from Dayton. He received treatment and did a light workout on Sunday. No time table has been set for his return.
“The MRI confirmed the presence of a significant neck sprain. His spinal cord and cervical discs were viewed normal,” Galloy said in a release. “Right now, he’s sore and stiff, but he’s out of the collar. The next question is when he can resume contact.”
Clarke was injured in the first half of the game at Dayton. He came up with a steal and was attempting to score when he was fouled on the lay-up attempt and crashed into the basket support.
He remained on the floor for eight minutes, and eventually was taken from the court on a stretcher. He was transported to Miami Valley Hospital, where it was determined that there was no fracture. He returned to Indianapolis with the Butler team.
Clarke transferred to Butler from Arkansas last year, and began his final collegiate season this year. He leads the 14-2 Bulldogs in scoring with a 16.3 average. He was ranked third in the Atlantic 10 Conference in scoring heading into the game at Dayton.
Butler will host Atlantic 10 foe Richmond Wednesday at 7 p.m., followed by a home game with nationally-renowned Gonzaga on Saturday at 9 p.m.