Air Force basketball got good news this week when magnetic resonance imaging tests on the ailing shoulders of returning starters Michael Lyons and Mike Fitzgerald showed slight tears that will not need surgery.
Both players plan to rehabilitate the shoulders this offseason, coach Dave Pilipovich said. That’s a relief for the players because they were looking at four-to-five months of inactivity if surgery was required.
“When you shut them for four or five months, you lose a lot,” Pilipovich said.
Pilipovich said Lyons’ shoulder is a bit worse than Fitzgerald’s, and at some point in his life Lyons may need surgery to tighten the socket to fix the instability in the shoulder, but he for now he can strengthen the shoulder and the surrounding area through offseason training.