Kendall Marshall Undergoes Surgery On Broken Wrist; Elite Eight Status Uncertain

Kendall Marshall suffered a fractured wrist in UNC's win over Creighton, putting his status for the rest of the tournament in doubt.

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Kendall Marshall Injury: UNC Guard Ruled Out For Sunday's Game

North Carolina Tar Heels point guard Kendall Marshall will not play in Sunday's Elite Eight matchup against Kansas, multiple outlets report. Marshall participated in non-contact drills with his teammates Saturday but subsequently admitted that his wrist was still very sore. Nevertheless, he left open the possibility that his wrist might improve overnight, which apparently did not happen.

Marshall suffered a broken scaphoid bone in his right wrist during North Carolina's win over Creighton in the round of 32. He underwent surgery to insert a screw to stabilize his wrist and will likely require at least six weeks to heal but hoped to be able to play wearing a brace. His status for Sunday was first reported by InsideCarolina.com and confirmed by CBS Sports.

With Marshall on the sidelines, freshman Stillman White will start at point guard against the Jayhawks. Making his first career start, White scored two points with six assists in 32 minutes in North Carolina's Sweet 16 win against Ohio.

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Kendall Marshall Injury Update: UNC Guard Practices, Questionable For Sunday's Game

For the first time since breaking his wrist one week ago, UNC guard Kendall Marshall was back on the practice court, going through a few light drills with the team. Marshall was able to dribble and shoot -- a good sign for Tar Heels fans -- but remains a game-time decision, head coach Roy Williams said. Marshall missed Friday night's game against Ohio while recovering from the injury.

While Marshall did practice, he didn't do anything more than a light workout, Williams said.

"Kendall today [Saturday] went through the dummy stuff," UNC coach Roy Williams said. "It was the first day he's bounced a ball, the first day he caught a ball, the first day he shot a ball."

Williams said Marshall did not participate in any of the Tar Heels' live drills.

It's still anyone's guess whether he plays on Sunday, and Williams will be playing it close to the vest right up until the game. Even if Marshall does play, it's a near certainty he'll be far less than 100 percent. Whether that's effective enough remains to be seen.

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Kendall Marshall Injury: Medical Expert Explains UNC Guard's Prognosis

The biggest news out of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday was the broken wrist suffered by UNC star Kendall Marshall. SB Nation's Medical Expert explains the injury and whether the Tar Heels' point guard will be able to return to action.

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Kendall Marshall Injury: Surgery For Broken Wrist Coming Monday, According To Report

Kendall Marshall will have surgery to repair his broken wrist on Monday, according to a report following North Carolina's win over Creighton. Marshall came down hard on his wrist midway through the second half on Sunday, suffering a fractured scaphoid bone in the process. He continued to play, though the pain intensified as the game progressed.

Related: Video of Kendall Marshall's injury.

CBS Sports' Gary Parrish reported Marshall will have surgery on Monday, but hasn't been ruled out for North Carolina's Sweet 16 game on Friday.

CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish reports that, according to a source close to North Carolina, Marshall will have surgery on Monday. Parrish's source says that Marshall is hopeful he'll play in the Sweet 16. However, it's considered "unlikely" that Marshall will be able suit up for the Tar Heels.

He's hopeful, of course, but it would seem to be a stretch for UNC to run Marshall out there on Friday. The surgery should help stabilize the injury, but it's going to take some time for Marshall to recover enough to get back on the court. And that's still not addressing whether he'll be anywhere near 100 percent as UNC tries to stay alive in the NCAA Tournament.

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