Williams' return unlikely


BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Injured senior Darnell Williams holds out hope that he can still play for Xavier this season, but a test Friday indicated that is unlikely.

Athletic trainer David Fluker said Williams' right knee tested at 60 to 65 percent strength. To begin running, the knee would have to be 80 to 85 percent, Fluker said. He said Williams' knee won't be that strong until February or March.

“He's made some gains,” Fluker said. “He's still working his butt off. He's just not strong enough.”

Fluker said Williams' knee will be tested monthly.

Xavier's leading scorer last season, Williams has been sidelined since June. His surgery was six months ago Friday.

He told the Enquirerlast month that he wanted to begin practicing after Christmas and play when the Atlantic 10 season starts Jan. 3. That's not going to happen. It is more likely that he will return next season as a medical redshirt.

“My mind-set is still the same,” Williams said Friday. “I would still like to come back, but it doesn't make sense to play like one month. If it doesn't work out the way I want it to, I can't be down about it.”

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