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March 1, 2013

Though hobbled, Johnson expects to play at Wisconsin

After hurting his ankle at Iowa Wednesday night, Purdue leading scorer Terone Johnson did not practice Friday in advance of the Boilermakers' meeting Sunday with Wisconsin in Madison.

"It's just a precaution," he said Friday, prior to sitting out practice. "I'll definitely be playing Sunday."

Johnson was hurt at the 10:49 mark of the first half during Purdue's 58-48 loss in Iowa City.

"It was a dribble handoff and I tried to plant off of it and I just rolled it one way," Johnson said. "I couldn't come back down on it."

He returned at the 3:31 mark of the first half and wound up playing 28 minutes, in which he was uncharacteristically ineffective, at least on offense, where he finished scoreless on 0-of-6 shooting.

He did contribute, though, to quieting Iowa leading scorer Roy Devyn Marble for a stretch and did finish with four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

"I was really limited," Johnson said. "I could move laterally, but I couldn't really explode off of it like I'd have wanted to sprint or jump off of it. I thought I could come in and still help us defensively because I could still move laterally."

Johnson hurt his left ankle, the same one he sprained at the start of the season, forcing him to sit out the season opener against Bucknell.

The two injuries to the ankle appear unrelated.

"It's been perfectly fine," Johnson said. "I don't think it has anything to do with it. I think I could rolled it again."

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