Josh Cunningham ahead of schedule in rehab

Josh Cunningham walks on crutches to the bench at UD Arena earlier this month. David Jablonski/Staff

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Josh Cunningham walks on crutches to the bench at UD Arena earlier this month. David Jablonski/Staff

Archie Miller provides update on Cunningham one month after injury.

Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller provided an update on redshirt sophomore Josh Cunningham on Thursday, exactly one month after Cunningham tore a ligament in his ankle after a dunk at Alabama.

Cunningham will miss at least three months because of the injury. Miller said after the injury he doesn’t expect Cunningham to play again this season, but he also didn’t rule it out. Cunningham has been through the rehab process before, having undergone knee and shoulder surgery after arriving at UD in the summer of 2015.

“He seems to be doing really well,” Miller said. “We’ve gotten great reports. (Trainer Mike Mulcahey) couldn’t be happier with him. Josh is a very detailed kid. In watching him doing his rehab a year ago, you kind of know what you’re getting there. He’s ahead of schedule. He’s been doing some biking. He’s starting to move around. Once we get post-Christmas, we’ll have an idea of how much longer it will be until the next step in his rehab, which will be non-weight bearing. But he’s doing a good job.”

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Cunningham will wear a boot on his ankle for a couple more weeks. Senior guard Kyle Davis said earlier this month he expects Cunningham to play again this season. If that doesn’t happen, Cunningham will hope to earn a medical redshirt. That decision would be up to the NCAA because Cunningham already sat out one season after transferring from Bradley.

“If a return doesn’t go work out this season, he’ll have to go through an appeal,” Miller said. “Obviously, he transferred, so it’ll be a sixth year, but he has a good case.”

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Josh Cunningham writhes in pain after his injury Tuesday. David Jablonski/Staff

Josh Cunningham writhes in pain after his injury Tuesday. David Jablonski/Staff

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Josh Cunningham writhes in pain after his injury Tuesday. David Jablonski/Staff

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