UCLA G Roll suffers torn plantar fascia in left foot during practice
LOS ANGELES -- UCLA guard Michael Roll is expected to miss three to five weeks after tearing the plantar fascia in his left foot during practice Saturday.
Roll, a junior vying for a starting job, scored 16 points and went 3-for-5 from behind the 3-point line in the second-ranked Bruins' exhibition opener against Azusa Pacific on Friday night.
"He just jumped up and then boom, he fell into a pile," UCLA coach Ben Howland said in a conference call with reporters. "It is terrible timing because he has been playing so well. Mike, clearly, is one of the guys that makes our team the best offensive team it can be."
The plantar fascia is connective tissue between the heel and the base of the toes that supports the arch of the foot.
Howland said Roll has had trouble with that part of his foot for the past 18 months.
Junior point guard Darren Collison sprained his knee during Friday night's game, but the team learned Saturday that he would miss only four to five days with the injury, making him likely to be available for UCLA's opener against Portland State on Friday night.
"It is an unbelievable relief," Howland said. "As you can imagine, I was sick to my gut just thinking about all of the possibilities, but didn't want to talk about them until I knew what the facts were."
Junior Josh Shipp sprained his thumb and may miss the Bruins' Monday night exhibition game against Chico State.
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