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John Calipari gives encouraging update on Reid Travis

There’s a growing belief Travis avoided a season-ending injury, but he’s not out of the woods yet.

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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.

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.

Regardless of what the exact injury is, it’s safe to assume Travis won’t play this weekend when the Kentucky Wildcats host the Auburn Tigers.


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.

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:

Since then, Kyle Tucker of The Athletic has reported there’s optimism around the team for Travis’ health:

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.

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.