Dayton forward Josh Cunningham will be out for at least three months following an injury and subsequent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left ankle, according to the Dayton Daily News.
Cunningham, who sustained the injury in the final seconds of a game against Alabama, had the surgery on Friday.
The injury was the result of a dunk attempt with 3 seconds remaining and a 77-72 lead.
Josh Cunningham just threw down the best Dayton dunk I've seen in years… And appears to be seriously injured. https://t.co/RLIh9M7Aq4
— Flyer Faithful (@Flyer_Faithful) November 15, 2016
The slam was forceful and poster-worthy. However, the way his knee bends behind his back makes the highlight difficult to watch. The silver lining, if there is one to be found, is that he didn’t also sustain a series of injuries to the ligaments in his knees as well.
Coach Archie Miller’s postgame comments suggested that Cunningham hadn’t sustained a serious knee injury but that his lower leg would need further evaluation.
A redshirt sophomore out of Chicago, Cunningham has had difficulty getting on the court in his collegiate career. He lost one year of eligibility due to NCAA transfer rules and is now hoping to return in late February.
Dayton may struggle to replace the 12.5 points and 4.5 rebounds that he was averaging in contributions to start the season.
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