KU’s Perry Ellis left woozy by bruised nerve in neck, Self says

12/21/2013 4:57 PM

08/06/2014 9:16 AM

Kansas forward Perry Ellis is expected to be out a couple of days after going down in the second half against Georgetown on Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.

Ellis suffered what looked like a significant shot to the head while going up for a layup against Georgetown’s Nate Lubick. But KU coach Bill Self said Ellis actually suffered a bruised nerve in his neck.

Ellis stayed on the floor for a few moments before attempting to shoot his free throws. His first attempt missed badly to the left, and Ellis headed for the locker room while looking a little woozy.

“I’m not a doctor, so I don’t know the medical term,” Self said. “But if he had a concussion, it’s very, very, very slight. But what he did, he got hit and bruised a nerve in his neck. And that’s what caused the problem, and it’s something that he’ll be able to come back from in a very short period of time.”

Ellis, a sophomore from Wichita Heights, finished with five points and two rebounds while being limited to 12 minutes. With Kansas off for a few days for the Christmas holiday, Ellis should be fine for KU’s game against Toledo on Dec. 30 at Allen Fieldhouse.

“He got hit hard,” Self said, “and if he didn’t have a concussion, he certainly appeared that he did after his first free throw. But they said when it hits this nerve right there, it caused him not to have good equilibrium.”

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