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Moser expected to return from elbow injury in about a month

UNLV coach Dave Rice said no MRI is planned, and Moser will begin rehab soon with hopes of returning around Jan. 9

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UNLV forward Mike Moser hugs Demetris Morant as they they pull ahead of Cal during the second half of their game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. UNLV won 76-75.

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Cal guard Justin Cobbs tries to grab a loose ball from UNLV guard Anthony Marshall during the first half of their game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. UNLV won 76-75. Launch slideshow »

Mike Moser's rehab from a dislocated elbow is expected to take about a month, UNLV coach Dave Rice said Monday. If that's the case, Moser would return near the start of the conference season, which begins exactly a month after the Cal game on Jan. 9 at New Mexico.

Less than a week after missing a game in his hometown because of a hip injury, Moser left Sunday’s 76-75 victory at Cal less than five minutes in because he got hurt in a pileup. There was a scramble for a loose ball on UNLV’s offensive half of the court, and Moser went to the ground. As he reached out for the ball with his left hand, Cal guard Brandon Smith fell on Moser’s right arm, which was supporting his weight.

Replays of the injury are graphic, and Moser eventually returned to the bench with his right arm in a sling. Moser had an X-ray before boarding the plane home Sunday night, and the results were negative, meaning there’s no fracture.

Rehab for this type of injury generally involves a series of small movements and exercises designed to enhance range of motion and strength.

It also takes time. At least now No. 20 UNLV knows about how long it will have to play without one of its captains.

In the meantime, Rice confirmed sophomore Khem Birch is doing well in his classes and is on track to board the team plane to El Paso, Texas, on Sunday for his first career UNLV game Monday night at UTEP. That should help fill the void Moser leaves in the lineup.

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  1. All in all pretty good news. Were there academic issues with Birch that are just now coming out? This is the first I've heard of there being any issue with the UTEP game.

  2. They always have to make sure that the mid-season transfer players passed their classes before they can play. It's what delayed Reggie Smith's debut last year.

  3. I think a month is for it to heal...but with a elbow injury , the ability to reinjure is high. In addition the ability to straighten the elbow out to shoot the ball is going to be affected...I would surmise that shooting touch will be down for 6 months before he has confidence in it. Course. Passing and rebounding is what he does best anyways.

  4. I've heard that once you dislocate a bone, the chances of redislocating it are higher. I don't know if that's true though.

  5. Bottom line when your elbow is immobilized that long your shooting is gone......but it might be better...defense,rebound and pass is wht we need outta him.

  6. Might be good for Moser to get this month off to heal the hip. Moser's appeal to the NBA will come from his quickness, rebounding, defense and ability to run the floor. A healthy hip will enable him to better showcase those abilities come conference time and ultimately tournament time.

  7. My brother had his shoulder dislocated in high school playing football. And Since then he has had it pop out a number of times after. Even from things that you wouldnt expect. So yes it is very much higher for you to injure your elbow once it has gone through something like that. This will be something he will have to deal with the rest of his career. I know a shoulder is different from an elbow, but nonetheless it will be a lingering thing to deal with.

  8. I never heard anything regarding any issues with Kehm's academics. I'm sure this is just Dave Rice assuring everyone that Khem will be able to play Monday without any issues.

    Reggie Smith's issues last year was because they were trying to get a waiver through to allow him to play in Chicago against Illinois because the game was technically still during the first semester. Because all of Reggie's grades had not posted, he was unable to play. This year, the last day of the Fall semester is Saturday, the 15th so Khem will have no issues. If the UTEP game were on Saturday, we could have run into the same issue we did with Reggie.

    Moses's injury is quite a blow to the team, but Bryce Dejean-Jones having his breakout game against Cal and Khem being eligible on Monday definitely make it a little easier to stomach.