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Bad News for Providence as Injury Bug Hits Dunn and Lindsey

Both players injured their ankles in Providence's win over Notre Dame on Sunday at Mohegan Sun and Ed Cooley calls them "doubtful" for the Friars' next two games.

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Providence fans were on a high after a weekend that resulted in two wins against ACC foes at Mohegan Sun and the Dave Gavitt Cup appropriately returning up I-95 to Friartown after winning the Hall of Fame Tipoff. Some murmurs could be heard in the background about injuries to freshman sharpshooter Jalen Lindsey and redshirt sophomore Kris Dunn but people were too busy basking in the first top 25 ranking since March 2004.

Later Monday night Ed Cooley had his radio show hosted by John Rooke and he mentioned the words "concerned" and "questionable" when discussing the status of Lindsey and Dunn for Providence's next game against Yale on Friday afternoon. He went on to say both players were on crutches Monday and were scheduled for X-ray's and MRI's Tuesday. Worry began to set in that maybe those ankle injuries that no one was giving much thought were a little more serious than expected.

"But Dunn finished the game." A common post on Providence message boards on Monday and early Tuesday to shrug off the possibility that the star guard would miss any time. Unfortunately it appears this will be the 3rd straight season that Kris Dunn will miss time with an injury. "They both have really bad sprains, tender to the touch," Cooley told Kevin McNamara of The Providence Journal. Cooley went on to say "they’re very, very doubtful" for both games this weekend.

The good news for both players is that the MRI results showed no tears according to Richard Coren at Scout Friars. The bad news is that the Providence Friars will be without it's starting point guard and 6th man for at least the next two games which includes a much anticipated trip to the number 1 ranked Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena on Sunday afternoon.