Update: Primo Out for SEC Tourney with MCL Sprain
Freshman guard Josh Primo left the opening round SEC Tournament game for the Crimson Tide with an apparent left leg injury in the second half after a Mississippi State Bulldog dove for a loose ball in the paint.
Primo was immediately assisted to the locker room in Bridgestone Arena after the injury without putting any weight on his left leg. Though the injury appeared severe, as was the scream Primo let out, there has been no update on his status moving forward through the SEC Tournament and NCAA Tournament.
"It's something with the knee that's all we know," head coach Nate Oats said post game to ESPN. "I think they are taking him to Vanderbilt to get a better look."
Primo scored 8 points in 19 minutes before exiting the game with about 12 minutes remaining in the contest. Alabama defeated Mississippi State 85-48 and advances to the semi-finals of the SEC Tournament where the Crimson Tide awaits the winner of Florida and Tennessee, who play shortly after Alabama and Mississippi State are off the court in Nashville.
Post game senior guard John Petty said the team hopes to have him back soon but will perform at a high level for their fallen teammate if he isn't available.
"We were real concerned at first with what happened with Primo but we know he's going to be alright," Petty said. "We're going to pray for him and we'll get the job done for him if he's not able to go over the weekend.
"Hopefully we get some good news."
When an update is made available on the status of Josh Primo, this story will be updated.
According to Cecil Hurt via Twitter Saturday morning, Primo is expected to miss the remainder of the SEC Tournament but return for the NCAA Tournament. Charlie Potter reports Primo suffered an MCL sprain in his left knee.
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