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Official: BYU forward Yoeli Childs out versus St Mary’s with finger dislocation

NCAA Basketball: Brigham Young at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

BYU got some bad news as Yoeli Childs will miss tonight’s game versus St Mary’s with a dislocated finger.

Yoeli hurt his finger in Tuesday’s practice, and Mark Pope initially said that Yoeli would be “fine”; that is obviously not the case as the the injury is serious enough to hold Yoeli out. Timetable for this injury is currently unknown, but it can take 4-6 weeks for a dislocated finger to fully recover. BYU also plays at Gonzaga January 18.

BYU officials said that Yoeli could be out a week or more, depending on how it heals.

If Yoeli gets clearance from doctors and is able to play with a tape job or soft cast, he could potentially play not fully recovered. With BYU in position for a NCAA tournament bid, it would not be surprising to see Yoeli return soon and adjust his game — i.e., less outside shooting — to compensate for his injured finger.

BYU played the first nine games without Childs and is used to life without him, but Yoeli is BYU’s best player and is obviously a big loss.

BYU-SMC tip off at 9:10pm MST on ESPN2.