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Injury Gods ...

UPDATED:Just got some bad news on Aboya. The kid may not need surgery but there may be other conditions related to his knee which may lead to chronic problems. I'd think we will have more details tomorrow in the MSM. Man - all on a sudden SC game is looking even more difficult than I though it was going to be. I will try to post tomorrow am. Let's hope for the best. -N

Finally, a national sports writer (CNNSI's Stewart Mandel) notices what is going on at UCLA:

What exactly do the injury gods have against UCLA? The latest news, which came on the eve of the Bruins' home loss to Washington on Saturday: Center Lorenzo Mata is out 6-8 weeks with a broken leg. He'll be joined on the sideline by Josh Shipp (out for the season with a recurring hip injury) and Cedric Bozeman (torn shoulder cartilage, return unknown), while stars Jordan Farmar (ankle) and Aaron Affalo (sore hip) continue to play with nagging injuries. It's unfortunate, because Ben Howland's team has all the pieces to make a deep tourney run if it doesn't break down before then.
Mandel's report didn't mention Aboya who also went down on Saturday. However, posts like this one and this one on Bruin message boards seem to indicate Aboya is fine and perhaps may be available for Wednesday night.

Also on injury note - lot of you who are NFL fans know by now how former Bruin superstar DeShaun Foster, who is now the featured back for Carolina Panthers went down in the second half against Chicago Bears over the weekend. Foster broke his fibula. Awful - especially for DeShaun who was finally on the verge of a total national breakout in the professional ranks (everyone knew him as a great back in college). We wish DeShaun well. Also, on the same note I want to wish Carson Palmer well for his injury against the Steelers during the second round of NFL playoffs. There was a lot of drama in the Cincinnati doctor's statement on Carson's ACL injury, but more than likely he will be back by the beginning of next season. We wish Carson well.

And now let's hope our boys are ready so that they can beat the living crap out of Carson's alma mater's basketball team in Pauley tomorrow night. GO BRUINS.