As always, Duke keeps injury information close to the vest. This is true of minor injuries, so other teams don't know, and of major injuries like the one Amile Jefferson suffered.
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So while it's good news that Jefferson is out of his boot and walking, Duke isn't going to give a lot up of information on his return.
"He'll have some (supportive) stuff in his shoe, but we're trying to get him now to walk properly, and he's doing stuff in the pool," Coach K said after the State win. "The bone has healed pretty well, but he's not there. I still think it's a while, but it is good to see him not in that damn boot or on crutches. For him, he's dying, really. He wants to play so badly."
Coach K also said "there's no timetable," but it's difficult for the public to know. Of course there's some sort of timetable - the doctors and physical therapists have expectations and target dates and the coaching staff has certainly asked - but it won't be discussed publicly.
We expect that part of the reason for this is that Coach K prefers that the focus be on the team on the floor rather than the missing piece on the bench. Controlling the narrative is a big deal and Duke usually does it very well.
For the fans though, it's good news, even if we don't know just how good it is yet.