Rotnei Clarke cleared to practice after neck injury

Rotnei Clarke

Butler scoring leader Rotnei Clarke, who suffered a neck injury in Butler's 79-73 victory at Dayton on Jan. 12, has been cleared to practice and rejoined the team in a full workout on Thursday (Jan. 24). The 6-0 guard will continue to be evaluated prior to Butler's home game against Temple on Saturday (Jan. 26).

"Rotnei saw a spine specialist again this morning and everything looks stable and he has no symptoms, so he was cleared for full contact," said Butler Head Athletic Trainer Ryan Galloy. "We will evaluate him again tomorrow (Friday) and then make a decision about Saturday."

Clarke was injured in the first half of the game at Dayton. He came up with a steal and was attempting to score when he was fouled on the lay-up attempt and crashed into the basket support. He remained on the floor for eight minutes, and eventually was taken from the court on a stretcher. He was transported to Miami Valley Hospital, where it was determined that there was no fracture.

He's been sidelined for Butler's last three game, including the Bulldogs' 54-53 loss at La Salle on Wednesday (Jan. 23).

The 6-0 senior guard transferred to Butler from Arkansas in 2011, and began his final collegiate season this year. He leads the No. 9-ranked Bulldogs and ranks fifth in the Atlantic 10 Conference in scoring with a 16.3 average.

Butler will host conference opponent Temple in a 6 p.m. (ET) contest at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

(This story is a news release from Butler University.)