Kansas Jayhawks guard Tyshawn Taylor is recovering from surgery on a torn meniscus in his right knee. The surgery, performed Sunday morning, reportedly went well and Taylor is supposed to be out two to three weeks.
Taylor tore the meniscus during practice last Monday, but played in KU wins over Long Beach State and Ohio State before opting to have the surgery. After consulting with doctors, Taylor decided to hold off on surgery until after the the highly anticipated game against the Buckeyes. No additional damage could have resulted from playing in the two games, it was simply a matter of Taylor's pain threshold.
KU head coach Bill self released a statement on the Taylor injury, saying "Nothing had changed in the time frame for recovery, which is one to three weeks. He will be up and around tomorrow morning and will be back in the shortest time possible. The time for recovery depends on swelling and how he reacts to rehab."
If recovery takes the longest estimated time, Taylor would return to the floor in time for KU's first conference game, January 4 vs. Kansas St in Lawrence.
Taylor is the second Big 12 star to tear a meniscus after Texas A&M Aggies forward Khris Middleton was sidelined earlier after tearing his in the Aggies' first game of the season. Middelton returned on Saturday and scored a team high 24 points in the Aggies victory over Louisiana-Monroe.