Murray State senior forward Jonathan Fairell is recovering from a torn hip muscle he hurt last month in a pick-up basketball game. Murray State coach Steve Prohm said he hopes Fairell will be able to fully participate when practice officially starts October 8th.
Fairell tore the obturator externus muscle in his hip -- it's one of the muscles that is responsible for helping turn the leg outward. Surgery was not an option to help him recover from the tear. The muscle is so deep in the hip, doctors would have had to cut other muscles just to repair the initial tear. Instead, Fairell needed to simply rest and let the muscle heal. He has begun light workouts within the last week, including running and jumping.
Fairell is one of three seniors on this year's Murray State team. He started all 34 games for the Racers last year while averaging 6.8 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game.