The Seton Hall Pirates could be without starting point guard Aaron Cosby when they open the season Friday against the University of Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos.
It was reported the sophomore sprained his PCL on Oct. 22 and would require up to four weeks for the injury to heal.
“Aaron Cosby is doing great,” head coach Kevin Willard said during a conference call. “He’s been practicing since Monday. For the last two days he looks good. His probably only negative right now is his conditioning, but his knee is strong, it looks healthy.
Despite his efforts at practice, the decision on whether or not Cosby will play won’t come until doctors evaluate him on Friday morning.
“We won’t know that until Friday morning,” Willard said. “If the doctor gives him the OK that he looks good, then he’ll be playing. And we’re hoping he’s playing because we need him.”
The Pirates might need him this season, but Willard isn’t overlooking the fact that rushing him back before he’s ready could lead to more problems later in the year.
“Whether he is ready to play this weekend or not that’s going to be on the doctor’s call, Willard said. “It is a long season. I’m not so much worried about his knee, I’m more worried about him hurting something else on his body for being not in great shape.”
Willard most likely has his eye on the calendar looking towards a Nov. 17 match up against the Washington Huskies. Since Cosby’s injury isn’t even two weeks old, it’s impossible to expect him to be anywhere close to 100%, as PCL injuries have a history of taking the player awhile to get back to where he was before the injury. Even after doctors have given the ok and cleared them to play, it still takes time for the player to adjust especially if they wear a knee brace, something Cosby will be doing upon his return.
It’s expected Seton Hall should handle the Kangaroos and even its second opponent the Norfolk State Spartans on Nov. 12 without Cosby needing to be significant factor. Therefore, to protect the player its most likely he’ll see very limited action if he even plays at all.
Cosby averaged 7.9 points, 2 rebounds and 1.4 assists as a freshman. He had a career high of 19 points last season against the Pittsburgh Panthers on Feb. 2.