Unfortunately some bummer news from the world of Ben Ball. Roll ruptured a tendon in his left foot, the same foot that has been bothering him the whole season:After proclaiming himself free of pain after Saturday's game, UCLA junior swingman Michael Roll ruptured a tendon in his left foot at practice Monday and will be out indefinitely.
Roll will have an MRI exam Wednesday, according to a UCLA statement. Roll suffered the same injury at practice Nov. 3 and sat out UCLA's first seven games.
He had been struggling with pain in the left foot since last summer. If the injury ends Roll's season, he will be eligible for a redshirt season because he would have played in only six games.
The NCAA redshirt rule is that a player can play in only 30% of a team's total regular-season games and only in the first half of a season. Roll's injury could impact Howland's decision to redshirt Keefe: Coach Ben Howland had announced last month that sophomore forward James Keefe, who is recovering from preseason shoulder surgery, probably would be a redshirt this season but that a final decision wouldn't be made until after the first four conference games. Howland said Keefe might not be a redshirt if the Bruins lost a key player. And it could mean more playing time for Dragovic.
Injury bug is not a new issue for this program. Just remember what we went through as a team when Coach Howland won his first Pac-10 championship two years ago. The team will definitely miss Roll's steady presence whose game is lot more than just shooting 3s. But other guys will have to step up and I am confidence with Coach Howland's leadership they will find a way to battle through all this.