For the second straight day, Anthony Bennett was held out of practice on Thursday due to a left shoulder injury, leaving his status for Saturday’s game at Nevada-Reno cloudy at best.
Dave Rice said Bennett will attempt to practice on Friday, and the team will make a decision sometime after that. The medical staff is treating Benentt as if he has brachial neuritis, a nerve condition that causes weakness and possibly even paralysis of the shoulder and arms.
While the rest of the team went through practice on Thursday, Bennett stayed on the sideline, working on his conditioning. After the session, he spoke to the media for the first time about his injury.
“I’m not worried about it at all,” Bennett said. “I can be tough and probably just play through it, but I just don’t want to reaggravate it or make anything worse for the future.”
As for his status for Saturday, Bennett said the final call would belong to Rice and the medical staff.
“It’s up to Dave,” he said. “I’m just taking this thing day to day. I’m feeling a lot better, but I just don’t want to rush things.”
If Bennett is unable to play against UNR, Mike Moser would draw the starting assignment at power forward. Rice also said it’s possible that Moser could start, with Bennett coming off the bench as he works his way back from the injury.
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