Maryland guard Darryl Morsell set to rejoin team after surgery originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Maryland senior guard Darryl Morsell suffered a dangerous-looking injury last Thursday against Michigan, when he took an elbow to the face up near his eye while driving to the basket.
He's been sidelined since with a fracture in his face, but it appears the Terps are getting their leader back sooner than expected. Coach Mark Turgeon said Wednesday that Morsell is cleared to return for Thursday's game against Iowa, per the Washington Post's Emily Giambalvo.
Mark Turgeon said Darryl Morsell is cleared to play tomorrow vs. Iowa. He probably won't start but will play unless there are setbacks between now and then.
— Emily Giambalvo (@EmilyGiam) January 6, 2021
Morsell likely won't start on Thursday, exactly one week after suffering his injury and just six days after his surgery. But Turgeon said that, barring setbacks, Morsell should be able to see the court. He will have to wear a mask to protect his face.
When Morsell suffered the injury, he left the court with a scary dent in his upper cheek, between his temple and eye, and was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game. Afterwards, Turgeon announced that Morsell was being taken to a trauma center in Baltimore for surgery.
The next day, Maryland released a statement that the surgery had been successful and that Morsell would be able to rejoin the team in one to two weeks. This was excellent news for a team that needs its wing players to be great in order to compete in the Big Ten this season. Not only is Morsell the team's best defender and a versatile offensive weapon who plays like a prototypical "glue guy," but he is also the lone four-year senior on the roster.
It's yet another top ten matchup for the Terps this season, so getting Morsell back is a huge plus. They will likely struggle to slow down the Hawkeyes attack with or without him, but having more quality players is always a good thing.
Hopefully, Morsell is able to stay safe on the court and finish out the rest of his senior season as best he can. The Terps tip off against Iowa at 7 p.m. on Thursday.