Amile Jefferson injury update: the Duke senior forward left today’s game with a right foot injury.
Duke lit up the scoreboard this afternoon, but survived a solid performance by Boston College to win 93-82. The Blue Devils did not leave the game unscathed, however. Fifth year senior forward Amile Jefferson, the team’s captain and most experienced player, left the game with an injury to the same right foot that cost him the final 27 games of last season.
Duke coach Jeff Capel, who is filling in for Mike Krzyzewski as he recovers from back surgery, spoke about the injury after the game. From The Chronicle:
“He hurt his foot. We don’t know the extent of it yet,” associate head coach Jeff Capel said after the game, adding that Jefferson will undergo tests in the coming days. “We’ll hopefully find out a little bit later.”
Duke has dealt with a deluge of injuries this season, with the freshman triumvirate of Marques Bolden, Harry Giles, and Jayson Tatum missing 27 games between them. Throw in Grayson Allen’s long one-game indefinite suspension, and a few other issues across the roster, and only Luke Kennard, Matt Jones, and Jefferson have appeared in all 15 games for the Blue Devils. With the Amile Jefferson injury, Duke is running the risk of another key player missing time.
The senior forward is averaging 13.8 points and a team-high 10.6 rebounds per game for Duke.
The 14-2 Blue Devils return to the court on Tuesday, January 10 at Florida State, one of the ACC’s hottest teams.