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Tyler Haws (eye) was visiting a local doctor this afternoon and did not participate in the team's shoot-around at Cox Pavilion. Word is the eye was still very swollen today.
Haws' status for tonight would have to be considered questionable at best; if he can't play, it's likely Mike Loyd would take Haws' place in the starting lineup.
You have to give the Cougars credit for gutting out a record number of wins despite all the health-related adversity this season.
Dave Rose's teams were unusually fortunate over his first four seasons, with practically no injuries/illnesses to key contributors. This season has been a different story, but just when it appeared the Cougars were close to full strength (Fredette feeling better, Davies and Morgan recovered from surgeries), now a starter suffers what might be a significant eye injury.
It's not a good way to go into tonight's game, and it's potentially bad news for next week. Time will tell, but here's hoping Haws can get back in time to have an impact on BYU's postseason run. Either way, this latest injury and its timing leave me shaking my head.
In the meantime, Loyd in particular has been at his best when BYU has needed him to replace an ailing teammate, as opposed to playing regular rotation minutes as a reserve. Should he be called on tonight to start, I expect him to have a great game.