In a pre-recorded segment on the John Calipari Call-In Show (he’s visiting Isaiah Todd), he guessed that the injury will cost Reid Travis at least a week.
“I would say at the least he is going to be out a week to ten days, maybe two weeks.”— UK Sports Network (@UKSportsNetwork) February 20, 2019
Coach Cal estimates how long Reid Travis will be out with his knee injury. Tests are still being done so nothing is confirmed just yet. pic.twitter.com/PCnMA3OWYC
You have to think Calipari and Kentucky’s medical staff have an idea of Travis’ injury if he’s willing to guess on how long the senior will be out.
10 days would put a return for Travis right at the day of the Knoxville showdown with the Tennessee Volunteers
Two weeks could mean a return for Senior Day vs. the Florida Gators.
The team is now back in Lexington as Reid Travis is set to have an MRI today.
According to KSR’s Matt Jones, the team believes Travis did not tear his ACL, and there’s growing optimism that the injury is not season ending and will only sideline him for a couple of weeks.
Due to inclement weather, the Kentucky Basketball team is still in Missouri, which will prevent an MRI from being done until tonight at the earliest. And for what it’s worth, Reid Travis is in good spirits.
Per UK spokesman, there is no update on Reid Travis. Plan is still to have his knee evaluated upon the team's return to Lexington. But as I mentioned a few minutes ago, the team is still stuck in Columbia, Mo., because of weather.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) February 20, 2019
Sounds like the MRI will happen tonight and my guess is we don't know anything definitive when we start KRC tomorrow morning. The sense of "optimism" around the program comes from Reid Travis being in good spirits, so make of that what you will, which shouldn't be much.— T.J. Walker (@TJWalkerRadio) February 20, 2019
At this point, the hope is this is just a sprain that doesn’t keep him out of the NCAA Tournament. But we’re probably a day away from knowing for sure.
The Wildcats may have won at Missouri, but all anyone cares about now is the status of Reid Travis
After all, losing to a 12-13 Tigers team wouldn’t have been as devastating as potentially losing Travis for the rest of the season, but it’s starting to look like he’ll return at some point in his final collegiate campaign.
The senior forward went down in the second half with a knee injury that forced him to the locker room, though he never on the ground in pain, nor did he need assistance in walking off the court. Those are good signs it wasn’t a major injury, but it’s still far from anything definitive.
Not long after the game ended, head coach John Calipari suggested on the postgame show that this could be a two-week injury:
Cal did not have a definite prognosis on Reid Travis, who sprained his right knee. Cal threw out the possibility of being sidelined two weeks.— Jerry Tipton (@JerryTipton) February 20, 2019
Since then, Kyle Tucker of The Athletic has reported there’s optimism around the team for Travis’ health:
For everyone asking about Reid Travis, three different people told me late last night that there was general optimism about knee injury not being serious, but won't be any certainty/peace of mind until he gets an MRI. With team was stuck in MO last night, dunno when that'll be.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) February 20, 2019
And for what it’s worth, Dr. David Chao, one of the best in the business at diagnosing sports injuries by just watching a video of the injury, thinks it may just be an MCL sprain.
Appears to sprain right knee MCL. Absence measured in weeks. Can hope for SEC tourney but no guarantee. Depends on severity. https://t.co/FqUVxEVCIe— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) February 20, 2019
In many cases, a team’s medical staff can tell if it’s a major injury that will end said player’s season. There hasn’t been anything come out to suggest that’s the case, but no one ever knows for sure until the MRI results come out.
Because weather forced Kentucky to stay in Missouri, it’s possible we don’t get an update on Travis until tonight or sometime Thursday. I can’t imagine we’ll make it to Friday with no update.