UPDATE (Wednesday 7pm ET): Villanova has issued a release that Kris Jenkins' MRI confirmed the initial diagnosis - a sprained right knee. He is listed as day-to-day.
"We’re relieved and thrilled for Kris that this is not as serious as we feared it might be last night," stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. "Kris has worked extremely hard and is an important part of our frontcourt. Our Team Physician, Dr. Mike Duncan, and Head Athletic Trainer, Jeff Pierce, will continue to evaluate Kris’ progress as we look forward to a busy week when we return from Christmas break."
Lost in an easy victory last night was a piece of troublesome news. City of Basketball Love is reporting that Villanova forward Kris Jenkins is set for an MRI on his right knee after suffering what the school is currently calling a sprain.
"Not definite, but it’s not good," Wright said. "He’s going to get an MRI, but it wasn’t something where they thought he could go back and try to play. They said it’s serious enough where we need to get an MRI before we can do anything."
Jenkins finally broke out of a season-long slump against Virginia with 23 points but made it just 10 minutes against Delaware before exiting. While Wright is obviously concerned - an extended absence from Jenkins would leave him with just 7 healthy scholarship players - Jenkins looked positive on the bench following the incident and Josh Hart seemed a bit more optimistic on Twitter earlier today.
Everyone pray for my bro @bigticket2 my brother is going to be back soon!!!!!— Josh Hart (@JoshHart_3) December 23, 2015
With 5 days off before a home date with Penn on the 28th, there's plenty of time to rest Jenkins. It wouldn't be a surprise for him to sit out that game as a precaution if the prognosis is positive given the massive game with Xavier on New Year's Eve.