LARAMIE -- Turns out Hunter Thompson's injury isn't as bad as initially thought.
Wyoming's freshman forward is in concussion protocol but did not suffer a broken jaw in the Cowboys' season-opening loss to UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday, head coach Allen Edwards announced Wednesday. The Pine Bluffs native underwent X-rays, which came back negative.
Thompson won't play in the Cowboys' game at Oregon State on Saturday and is day to day.
Thompson left the game midway through the second half after taking an inadvertent blow to the face. Edwards said afterward the 6-foot-10, 235-pounder didn't remember being hit or walking from the court to the training room after the play with trainers fearing he might have suffered a broken jaw.
It's a sigh of relief for a frontcourt that will already be without senior forward Jordan Naughton (partially torn LCL) for at least the first month of the season. Austin Mueller, a 6-6 forward, finished the game at center and could get the start there Saturday against the Beavers with Thompson unavailable.
Thompson got his first career start against the Gauchos in Naughton's place and scored Wyoming's first five points. He finished with 10 points and three rebounds in 15 minutes.
A former four-star recruit, Thompson redshirted last year with an injury.