Posted January 24, 2013 on
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Butler shooting guard Rotnei Clarke has returned to practice and could play Saturday against Temple.
The ninth-ranked Bulldogs have been without their leading scorer since he sustained a severely sprained neck after crashing head-first into a padded basket support Jan. 12 at Dayton. Clarke is fifth in the Atlantic 10 in scoring (16.3 points).
He left the Dayton game midway through the first half, but Butler (16-3, 3-1) went on to win 79-73. The Bulldogs then defeated Richmond and No. 8 Gonzaga last week at home without Clarke before losing 54-53 Wednesday night at La Salle as Clarke missed his third straight game.
Team trainer Ryan Galloy says Clarke has no lingering symptoms, has been cleared for full contact and will be reevaluated Friday before making a decision about Saturday.
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Butler is expected to have its top scorer back on the court Saturday against Temple.
Guard Rotnei Clarke has missed the last three games with a severely sprained neck. Team trainer Ryan Galloy says Clarke has been cleared for the game after returning to full-contact practice Thursday and remaining symptom free. If there are no changes Friday night or Saturday, Clarke will be permitted...
Rotnei Clarke is back in Butler's starting lineup Saturday night against Temple.
The 6-foot shooting guard is returning after missing the last two weeks with a severely sprained neck. Clarke was injured when he crashed head-first into a padded basket support at Dayton on Jan. 12. Butler (16-3, 3-1 Atlantic 10) went on to win that game and two more at home last week without Clarke...
Rotnei Clarke returned in the nick of time for No. 9 Butler.
The sharp-shooting guard scored 25 points in his first game back in two weeks, and Khyle Marshall added 19, leading the Bulldogs past Temple 83-71 Saturday. Butler has won 14 of its last 15, the only blemish being Wednesday's 54-53 loss at La Salle.
Clarke had missed the previous three games with a severely sprained...
Butler went from the highest of highs last weekend to the lowest of lows a few days ago, suffering its first loss in more than two months.
While getting back home could help the Bulldogs regroup, Rotnei Clarke's return from injury would surely go a long way, too.
Clarke is hoping to suit up Saturday when No. 9 Butler tries to stay unbeaten at Hinkle Fieldhouse in the program...