Bruce Pearl and the Auburn Tigers suffered a blow when guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen separated his shoulder during Tuesday’s practice. As a result, Shamsid-Deen will likely be out a month Pearl said on Wednesday.
Bruce Pearl with a minimum of three new starters in year two. Could be four if Tahj Shamsid-Deen is out. Tough sledding in non-conference?
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 28, 2015
This is not a injury to take lightly, as Shamsid-Deen had surgery on both his shoulders in the past year. He missed the final 11 games of last season.
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“He took a real direct blow, and his shoulder dislocated again,” said Tigers head coach Bruce Pearl (per AL.com). “We believe his surgery held, because with his other issues, his shoulder was coming in the front based on reaching. This was contact blow and his shoulder came out the back. It’s less severe. Obviously it just happened, so Dr. (James) Andrews will see him this weekend and we’ll know more, but I’d say we’re looking at a month.”
Shamsid-Deen, a 5’9”, 175-pound junior from Decatur, Georgia, was expected to be one of Pearl’s starters in the backcourt with Kareem Canty. He is coming off a season in which he averaged 6.1 points, 1.5 assists and 1.1 rebounds per game.
Look for Pearl to perhaps turn to freshman Bryce Brown in Shamsid-Deen’s stead. Auburn is set to open its season on November 13 against UAB.