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Jaylin Williams injury update: Forward’s knee injury “non-season ending”

Auburn forward Jaylin Williams was forced to the locker room halfway through the second half of his team’s 70-59 loss to Kentucky on Saturday evening.

Originally, the injury looked gruesome enough to possibly indicate a “season-ender” for Williams, but the senior has reportedly avoided any major injury after Sunday morning’s MRI came back clean.

Jeff Goodman of “The Field of 68” reported Williams’s knee injury is “not as bad as initially feared,” and the senior is “expected to return before the end of the season.”

Goodman didn’t specify whether he meant regular season or further, but considering Williams is one of Auburn’s best players it would make sense for Bruce Pearl’s staff to be patient with him.

Pearl’s comments after last night’s loss reinforce that sentiment, “He and Johni [Broome] are our two best players… We think it’s something. Not just a bang. He had a pivot. We’ll do an MRI tomorrow and then we’ll take a look at it.”

Although the senior seemingly avoiding a major injury, it would make sense for Auburn to hold him out until at least the start of the SEC Tournament to make sure the forward is 100% ready. By then, he’ll have at least one game, and most likely two or three, to shake off the rust ahead of the NCAA Tournament.

In the meantime forwards Chris Moore, Chaney Johnson, and Dylan Cardwell will be asked to carry a bigger load on both ends of the floor. It is also possible we see Bruce Pearl opt to play Johni Broome closer to 35 minutes a game down the stretch instead of the 27-30 minutes we’ve been seeing from him.

 

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