The Washington Times - January 2, 2009, 01:58PM

Just got done with Maryland’s basketball availability this afternoon.

After being away for a week or so, it seemed reasonable to ask about the status of forwards Jerome Burney (stress fracture-right foot) and Steve Goins (left ankle).

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“Still wearing boots,” coach Gary Williams muttered.

Gary had mini-updates on both. Goins will be re-evaluated Monday to determine if he can shed the boot. Burney is at least a week away from being able to wear two sneakers rather than one.

“I’m tired of boots,” Williams re-iterated.

By the time Goins would get back, there would probably only be conference games remaining. So while he could expand his season total of nine minutes before the end of March, no one should be surprised if his freshman year totals are complete at this stage.

Meanwhile, Williams wouldn’t offer a timeline for Burney, who suffered his injury sometime around Dec. 10. The diagnosis was three-to-six weeks at that point, leaving the initial upper range at a return around the Jan. 20 game against Virginia. But there’s no word if that’s still accurate.

“They’re doing stuff on exercise bikes where they’re not weight-bearing,” Williams said. “Basketball conditioning, it’s always a combination of what you do in the weight room and on the court. Basketball is a great game because you have to play it to get in shape. You can’t just go jogging to be in shape for basketball, so it’s a good game.”

Patrick Stevens