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Syracuse basketball: Matthew Moyer talks injury timeline

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The Orange forward shares more about his unfortunate offseason injury.

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The Syracuse Orange’s Matthew Moyer injured his foot, as you heard back August, with a vague timetable about severity and recovery. Today, he tried to help clear some of that up. Moyer spoke with Syracuse.com’s Donna Ditota about the injury, current prognosis and more.

No surgery required

This was the most important part, and one Moyer was incredibly thankful for. While SU initially thought the injury was minor, it ends up he had Grade 3 Turf Toe (the worst type of turf toe). Moyer told Ditota "the sesamoid bone fractured and the ligament severed." That doesn’t sound great, but a quick healing process thus far has helped him avoid surgery (which was originally on the table). He says he’s a week away from contact in practice.

Positive weight gain

Despite being shelved from contact, Moyer’s been able to add good muscle weight over the last few months, and is now listed at 222 pounds (up from 207 in high school). At 6-foot-8, he’s a potential tweener at the forward position. But obviously weight gain puts him in better position to man the four on both ends for Syracuse. Accounts (and Moyer himself) say he’s been moving better in practice and looks active on the floor.

Redshirt?

With a potentially deep rotation this year, there’s been talk about Moyer redshirting this season and jumping in full bore in 2017-18. Moyer hasn’t concerned himself with that, however:

"I don't know,. I'm just going to continue to see where I'm at and then later on, we'll address that."

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Be sure to read Ditota’s entire story for the full details. And looking forward to (eventually) seeing Moyer in action once he’s fully recovered.