by Barca Blog
Starting forward Andre Walker missed his first game of the season Saturday after injuring his shoulder during Friday's practice. Kevin Stallings updated the media on Walker's status following Vanderbilt's 77-69 victory over LSU.
“He got banged at the end of practice yesterday," Stallings said. "During the last drill, Steve (Tchiengang) ran into his shoulder. Andre said that it hurt, but it wasn’t a big deal and he finished practice. At game time, he couldn’t lift his arm up to parallel. He had quite a bit of soreness, but said it’s a little looser now than it was before the game.
"I don't think the doctors or trainers think that it’s anything long-term or serious. It's probably just a day or two here to where he's going to have to get the range of motion back.”
Without their "glue guy," the Commodores struggled for much of the day against the Tigers' zone defense. It was just another reminder of how valuable Walker is to the success of this team.
"He's such a passer and facilitator," Stallings added. "He gets it inside the zone and can get it to the rim and convert. He's just another really good ballhandler. He's a very valuable weapon against the zone."
Vanderbilt was also without the services of John Jenkins for the second consecutive game. Jenkins is still recovering from a stomach illness.
The Commodores hope to have both guys back in action for next Thursday's trip to Ole Miss.