North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough Has A Stress Reaction

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- The father of reigning national player of the year Tyler Hansbrough said Friday it's unclear if the North Carolina star will miss any regular-season games because of a leg injury.
Gene Hansbrough told The Associated Press his son had felt pain in his right shin off and on for a few weeks before going to the team's medical staff. The team said Hansbrough will be out of practice indefinitely with a stress reaction, which can be a precursor to a fracture without proper rest.
"It's something they picked up early and it should be resolved I hope fairly quickly," he said in a phone interview. "The smart thing is to get it resolved instead of having Tyler limp through it."
Gene Hansbrough said further tests revealed no new information. He said it's too early to tell whether Hansbrough will miss the top-ranked Tar Heels' opener against Penn on Nov. 15, and recovery will depend on rest for the injury and then getting into shape.
Later Friday, coach Roy Williams said in a statement Hansbrough would likely be evaluated in two weeks.
"It's kind of frustrating for Tyler," Gene Hansbrough said. "As much as he likes to play, he understands he needs to be 100 percent to help the team rather than limping through something and make an injury a chronic situation."
Hansbrough is the first returning AP national player of the year since LSU's Shaquille O'Neal in 1991. He entered his senior season on pace to break the school's career scoring and rebounding records, as well as the Atlantic Coast Conference career scoring mark. He has never missed a game and had missed just one practice in his three-year career before the injury.
This is the Tar Heels' second key injury in the preseason. Starter Marcus Ginyard, the team's best defender, is likely out until December after having surgery this month to repair a stress fracture in his left foot. That injury apparently began as a lingering stress reaction that required him to wear a protective boot at times last season.
The news came on the same day the Tar Heels became the first unanimous No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 preseason poll. They return their top six scorers from a team that won a school-record 36 games and reached the Final Four.


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