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Jeff Kolpack, Published May 31 2013

News much better on Bison guard Alexander, could be back for entire season

FARGO – The final diagnosis on North Dakota State guard Lawrence Alexander is he has a partially torn Achilles’ tendon, but that had everybody involved with the situation feeling a whole lot better on Friday.

It appears Alexander could be back by the start of the upcoming season, instead of being out until at least Christmas as first feared. The incoming junior was injured earlier this week doing a non-contact running drill.

“We went through the doom and gloom of it, and we braced ourselves for the worst,” said Bison head coach Saul Phillips. “I think all of us – him, the coaching staff and his teammates – have gone through quite a lot this week. It’s certainly a bit of relief, but we also know there’s a lot of work to be done yet.”

Alexander will have to rest the injury at first, then proceed with what Phillips called an extensive rehabilitation program. There are no guarantees with that either since it’s possible the tendon won’t respond to therapy.

The good news for NDSU is it won’t require surgery. Alexander had an MRI done on it on Wednesday.

“We’re optimistic we’ll get him back for the season,” Phillips said. “It’s certainly major, but it can be fixed without surgery and that’s good. The odds are we’ll be able to get a full season out of him.”

Phillips said Alexander’s reaction was one of relief.

“All I know is I’m happier today than I was yesterday,” he said.

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546. Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia