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Bryant McIntosh avoids major ligament damage in left knee

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The senior is listed as day-to-day.

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Northwestern will end 2017 with a huge sigh of relief. An MRI on Bryant McIntosh’s left knee revealed that the senior avoided “major ligament damage” from an injury sustained in Saturday’s game against Brown.

McIntosh exited the game early in the second half and is listed as day-to-day. He was replaced by a combination of Jordan Ash (20 minutes), Isiah Brown (17) and Anthony Gaines (22), who helped lead Northwestern’s comeback effort.

The Wildcats host Nebraska in their Big Ten opener on Jan. 2, and McIntosh’s status is up in the air. It wouldn’t be a surprise for Chris Collins to rest his point guard with the goal of a return on Friday against Penn State or even the ensuing week when conference play picks up.

McIntosh’s health is paramount to this team’s success in the Big Ten. Should he miss time, Northwestern’s depth will be tested to its fullest.