It's mixed reviews on the latest injury update for the Colorado men's basketball team.

While senior Namon Wright remains sidelined due to a foot injury, sophomore point guard McKinley Wright did some light shooting exercises during Thursday's practice, and coach Tad Boyle said the Buffaloes' floor general will attempt to practice on Friday.

McKinley Wright suffered a dislocated shoulder last week in the first half of CU's home loss against Washington and said earlier this week he will attempt to finish the season while wearing a brace to protect his injured left shoulder. While his availability remains in question for Sunday's date at Utah (4 p.m., ESPNU), McKinley Wright's progress is a positive sign for a Buffs team that has gone 2-5 since an 8-1 start.

"He'll give it a go at practice (Friday) and we'll see how he responds," Boyle said. "He feels good. He's going to play with a brace, I think that will give him a little extra security and peace of mind. Hopefully we'll have him Sunday but we don't know that yet."

McKinley Wright leads the Buffs in scoring (12.9 points per game) and assists (5.3), while also averaging 4.9 rebounds per game. He is shooting a solid .510 from the floor despite struggling to a .250 mark from 3-point range (10-for-40). He previously had been playing through a partially torn labrum in the same shoulder for three games before suffering the setback against the Huskies.


Namon Wright, on the other hand, has missed the past three games and still hasn't returned to practice. The senior guard enjoyed a strong start to the season, scoring a CU career-best 25 points in a season-opening win against Drake while averaging 13.3 points through the season's first four games. He has cooled off considerably since, averaging five points in nine games before getting sidelined by the foot injury.

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