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Basketball Captain Ed Smith has a broken right leg and John Stevenson, Smith's substitute, has a probable fractured foot, X-rays taken yesterday revealed. Smith will definitely be unable to play for at least a month; Stevenson may be able to play in the Crimson's western trip which opens December 28.
Since the beginning of practice this fall Smith has been troubled by what doctors termed "a pulled muscle." He was unable to start in a pre-season scrimmage against the Business School. In the Crimson's opening game against M.I.T., the six foot six center dove for a loose ball and collided with an opponent. He had to be helped from the floor.
In the varsity's loss to Holy Cross Wednesday, Smith had piled up nine points and was playing rebounds well, when he suddenly began to limp badly while running up the court. Time was called, Smith was taken out of the game, and Stevenson went in.
Break or Bruise
Stevenson played the rest of the game, and ended it without any sign of a limp. Yesterday morning his foot hurt, and he had X-rays taken, which indicated either a broken bone in the arch of his right foot or a bad bruise.
Doctors have ordered Stevenson to take daily whirlpool leg baths in the hope that this will clear up the bruise. If the foot is broken, it will not respond to such treatment, and Stevenson will probably be unable to play for the rest of the season.
Smith had a routine X-ray taken after he scrimmaged in practice yesterday afternoon to check up on his right leg. The print showed, as others had failed to, that the leg was clearly broken. Doctors have told the Eastern League's fourth highest scorer for last year that he may be able to work out after a month has passed.
Crimson Coach Norm Shepard could not be reached for comment.
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