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March 10, 2008 at 2:58 PM

Brockman doubtful, Appleby fine

The news on Jon Brockman didn’t get any better Monday as the UW forward is now being officially listed as “doubtful” to play Wednesday against Cal, a downgrade from the questionable ruling of Sunday.
“That’s a good word (to describe it), doubtful,” said Brockman, who remains on crutches and unable to put any weight on his left foot after spraining his left ankle with 1:56 left in the second overtime at WSU Saturday. “In talking to the trainers and doctors, typically things don’t turn around that quickly.”
Brockman said that while X-rays revealed no break in the foot they did show a break in an old bone spur which presents a slight complication.
However, he said he was also told that “if it’s tolerable, give it a go. At the same time. not being able to walk,
I don’t think it would be very smart to walk on the court when I would just be hurting the team.”
Brockman said he played on a sprained ankle in high school but that “I don’t know if it was this bad. I’ve typically been able to walk a little bit more one or two days afer I did it. This one is going to take a little bit more medical magic.”
Brockman, however, said he remains optimistic such magic may happen.
“There is still hope,” he said. “It’s not a shut door by any means.”
UW coach Lorenzo Romar said the team will begin to make plans for playing without Brockman.
“Something great could happen and he could play Wednesday but at this point we are probably preparing, anticipating, him not being in the game,” Romar said.
Romar said he didn’t know who would start in Brockman’s place but said it would be one of Quincy Pondexter, Matthew Bryan-Amaning or Joe Wolfinger. He said he will almost certainly just slip someone into Brockman’s place rather than make wholesale changes to adjust.
Romar said Brockman would probably be doubtful for the entire Pac-10 tournament, which runs through Saturday (if UW were able to advance). But he said he thinks Brockman would be able to play if the Huskies make it into some sort of post-season next week.
“If we were able to get into post-season I think he’d be okay for that,” Romar said.
In more health news, UW guard Ryan Appleby said he was bothered by a flu-like illness last week that limited his participation in practice. But he said he is recovering from it and pronounced himself cured. “I’m 100 percent,” he said.
Appleby had a similar illness last season but played through it then, as well.
He played 34 minutes Saturday and said he was more tired than usual but said he’s feeling better now. He said he hadn’t lost any weight, agreeing that he really doesn’t have much to lose — he said he regularly weighs 162-165 pounds.
Romar said tests on Appleby last week were negative.

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