There’s very little positive news that comes out of training camp, and this is no exception. The Southeast Missourian is reporting that SEMO forward Michael Porter will be sidelined 6-8 weeks with a broken foot.
The injury, which happened during Thursday’s practice, is the latest injury to Porter, who has seen more than his fair share of injuries throughout his career. Earlier this fall, Porter suffered a torn labrum in his hip for the second time. In 2010, Porter was involved in a single-vehicle accident resulting in hip surgery. Back in 2009, while at Missouri State, he missed all but six games of his freshman season due to an emergency appendectomy and a torn hamstring.
“We feel bad for him, but he’s a quick healer,” head coach Dickey Nutt told Marty Mishow. “He’s certainly had a lot of bad luck. It’s a shame.”
Porter was likely to back up Nino Johnson and preseason all-conference selection Tyler Stone in the front court. This injury leaves some serious depth questions, with red-shirt freshman Jacob Tolbert, and true freshman Colin Ferguson likely to see increased minutes in Porter’s absence. Porter should return just in time for OVC play, but between the hip and foot injury, it’s questionable if he will be more effective than last year, during which he averaged 4.4 points and 2.9 rebounds a game.
Southeast Missouri’s hits the floor Tuesday as the Redhawks host Ouachita Baptist at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the first of its two exhibition games. The season begins November 9th when the Redhawks travel to face off against seventh-ranked Kansas.