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Zags’ Harris didn’t tear Achilles

Tendon will require at least 4-5 days to heal; status for K-State game unknown

Gonzaga received some upbeat news regarding sophomore forward Elias Harris, who left Tuesday night’s game against San Diego State with an Achilles tendon injury.

An MRI on Wednesday revealed that Harris’ Achilles isn’t torn, a source close to the basketball program told The Spokesman-Review. Harris is expected to miss “at least 4-5 days.”

“It isn’t perfect, but it’s not torn,” the source said. “It’s swollen and it’s going to need some time to heal.”

Harris’ status for Gonzaga’s game against third-ranked Kansas State on Monday in Kansas City, Mo., probably won’t be determined until this weekend.

The 6-foot-7 forward said Tuesday night he “heard something pop” when he tried to jump in pursuit of a rebound. He limped off the court with just less than 3 minutes remaining in the Zags’ 79-76 loss to the Aztecs.

There was concern that Harris might have torn his Achilles, which would have been a season-ending injury. Harris missed Gonzaga’s exhibition game against Southern Oregon with a slightly separated left shoulder. He returned to action in the season opener against Southern, scoring 12 points during a 117-72 win.

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