There were a lot of collective breaths being held among Utah State basketball fans Saturday night when talented sophomore forward Brady Jardine was injured while diving for a loose ball at San Jose State.
The high-flying spark off the bench left the court and didn’t return, spending the rest of the game holding his face with an ice pack.
During post-game radio interviews and discussion, the speculation was that Jardine had broken his cheek bone.
That speculation can now be put to rest — it’s broken.
Cue the collective sigh of relief.
A source close to the Aggie program told the Deseret News that x-rays taken Sunday revealed the cheek bone was broken in three places and would likely require surgery to fix.
But that surgery will not take place until the season wraps up in another month or so. And, according to the source, Jardine will not miss any games because of the injury but will be fitted with a protective mask as soon as possible.
Utah State has a big week on tap with a Wednesday night ESPN2 game against Louisiana Tech at 9 p.m. and Saturday’s 10 p.m. tipoff against Wichita State in an ESPN2 broadcast BracketBusters game.