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Byrd battling back injury

Matt Painter called D.J. Byrd "banged up" on Thursday.

On Friday, Byrd got a bit more specific.

He's been wearing a back brace "24 hours a day," he said, to combat soreness in his back.

Byrd said he had an injury similar to teammate Rob Hummel -- a stress fracture -- last season. He said he thought the problem was fixed in the offseason. Instead, there's been some soreness recently.

The ever-tough Byrd called it "nothing terrible." But it still has him wearing a hard back brace, the same one Hummel wore two years ago while battling the injury.

"I'm not too bad," Byrd said before Friday's practice as Purdue prepares to play Iowa on Sunday. "The shoulder is lingering around, and my back still is a little sore. Just trying to get in there and when I get in the game make sure it doesn't affect me and just keep doing the things I was doing."

Byrd sprained his right shoulder on Dec. 1 at Virginia Tech.

  • Ryne Smith has made seven consecutive three-pointers, a pretty impressive streak. But he's probably done better. Smith said during a game in his junior year of high school in Toledo, he was 10 for 10 from the field in a game and seven of those were threes. He couldn't remember what he did in the game before or after, but it's a good bet his streak was longer than 10 shots. Smith said he scored 29 points in that game.
  • Was hoping to get the latest installment of "Ryne's Revelations" posted tonight but Smith is a pretty popular guy with the media these days, so we didn't get a chance to shoot it yet. I'm hoping to grab him after Sunday's game, assuming he doesn't bolt early to catch his Packers in the playoffs in the afternoon. It should be a fun video -- with an assist from a teammate.
  • Be sure to check out Sunday's paper for a story on point guard Lewis Jackson's play. Many think he's playing the best basketball of his career.

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