Fresno State's O'Neil could miss more time

Bulldogs player has broken wrist.

01/07/2008 4:36 AM

01/07/2008 4:36 AM

Dwight O'Neil's broken right wrist will keep him off the court for at least another month, Fresno State coach Steve Cleveland said Sunday night, casting doubt on his return this season

"He has a very serious injury," Cleveland said. "They had a screw in his bone and it has to heal properly. We're not going to do anything to jeopardize the health of his [shooting] hand."

O'Neil, a redshirt junior, fractured his wrist during the second half of Fresno State's 65-64 loss at Cal State-Bakersfield on Nov. 17. His original timetable for return was mid-January.

The former Washington High standout appeared in four games this season, averaging 13.5 points and 2.8 rebounds.

Cleveland said O'Neil is scheduled to meet with doctors Jan. 21.

"At that point in time, we'll have an idea of when he might be able to come back," Cleveland said, "if he comes back at all."

Fresno State (8-7), coming off Saturday's 77-67 loss at New Mexico State, hosts Saint Mary's (12-2) on Tuesday at the Save Mart Center.

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