IOWA CITY — Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said it's unlikely senior center Andrew Brommer will play Thursday against Northern Illinois after re-injuring his right knee Monday night.
"I would say doubtful, but not out of the question," McCaffery said Wednesday. "That will legitimately be a game-time decision for him.
"The good news is it’s not as bad as the one before; the bad news is it’s the third time he’s had it hurt in last 6-7 months, so we’re going to be a little bit careful on this one. He’ll be cleared when he’s cleared."
Brommer suffered a sprained knee ligament in mid-October and did not play in the team's exhibition or season opener. He played six minutes on Monday against North Carolina A&T but fell to the ground midway through the second half after he tweaked his knee once again.
Brommer described it as a "shooting pain" and "thought the worst" when it happened.
"It's a good thing I had my brace on, otherwise it would have been the exact same thing and I'd be out four weeks again," Brommer said Monday.
Brommer first injured his right knee in the Big Ten Tournament against Michigan State. He had offseason knee surgery to remove a bursa sac and scar tissue. He was expected to start at center this season.
"We need him," McCaffery said. "The last thing we want to do is rush him. We were, quite honestly, pretty slow moving with it before. He looked like he was ready to go, four, five days before. We were very methodical in going hard without defense, and then seeing how that held up. Then going hard with defense, and seeing how that held up. He kept passing one test after another and that’s when we put him in the game."
Brommer grabbed five rebounds, scored two points, had two assists, two turnovers and two fouls Monday."I thought he was good," McCaffery said. "He played well. It was a freak injury again, hopefully when he comes back this time, it won’t happen to him again."