Butler’s Rotnei Clarke Begins Treatment Phase

Senior Rotnei Clarke (Photo by John Fetcho)

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Senior Rotnei Clarke, who suffered a neck injury in Butler's 79-73 victory at Dayton on Saturday (Jan. 12), was in Hinkle Fieldhouse on Sunday (Jan. 13) to receive treatment from Head Athletic Trainer Ryan Galloy.  

The Butler scoring leader underwent an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) in Indianapolis on Saturday evening after returning from Dayton.  He received treatment and did a light workout on Sunday.  No time table has been set for his return.

"The MRI confirmed the presence of a significant neck sprain. His spinal cord and cervical discs were viewed  normal," said Galloy.  "Right now, he's sore and stiff, but he's out of the collar.  The next question is when he can resume contact."

Clarke was injured in the first half of the game at Dayton.  He came up with a steal and was attempting to score when he was fouled on the lay-up attempt and crashed into the basket support.  He remained on the floor for eight minutes, and eventually was taken from the court on a stretcher.  He was transported to Miami Valley Hospital, where it was determined that there was no fracture.  He returned to Indianapolis with the Butler team.

Clarke transferred to Butler from Arkansas last year, and began his final collegiate season this year.  He leads the 14-2 Bulldogs in scoring with a 16.3 average.  He was ranked third in the Atlantic 10 Conference in scoring heading into the game at Dayton.