Move over Adrian Peterson. You have some company when it comes to remarkable comebacks from a serious injury.
Just 18 days after suffering a gruesome dislocated right elbow injury in a win at Cal, UNLV forward Mike Moser was back taking part in a full practice on Thursday before the Runnin’ Rebels (11-1) flew to North Carolina for Saturday’s much anticipated game with the Tar Heels (ESPN2, 11 a.m.).
As you will see in the video below, Moser, who played with his elbow heavily wrapped, landed hard on his right arm after a collision under the basket but returned to action. As you also can see in the video, the injury didn’t appear to affect his jump shot very much.
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“Feel okay,” Moser said. “First practice and it went well. Just a little sore as you could imagine (with a) dislocated elbow.
“I’m in a lot of pain. It hurts. It’s not unbearable. It’s just going to hurt. It’s going to be that way the next couple of months.”
Moser, a second team preseason All-American by Blue Ribbon and CBSSports.com who was averaging 10.9 points and 8.3 rebounds when he was injured, said he hopes to suit up for Saturday’s game but said he doubted that he will play.
So what was Moser’s first reaction when he suffered the injury?
“I was down there laughing because my arm was so twisted up,” the 6-foot-8 junior forward said. “I didn’t even know what to make of it. I didn’t know if it was broken or dislocated. It was just so twisted, I didn’t even know what to think. I was down there just kind of laughing, like wow, I can’t believe this just happened.”
Remarkably, less than three weeks later Moser could actually be back in uniform.
“I hope Coach (Dave Rice) gives me the okay to dress but I don’t know if he’ll play me or not,” Moser said. “I doubt it. We’ll see.”
That decision won’t be made until after the team’s practice this afternoon at the Dean Smith Center.
One thing is for certain. No one will ever be able to question Moser’s toughness following this.
If you haven’t seen Moser’s injury, check out the video below: