By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen's basketball season is over because of recurring shoulder problems that now will include more surgery.
Fellow guard T.J. Dunans may be out for the rest of the year as well because of a knee injury.
Coach Bruce Pearl announced Friday the extended loss of those two guards. Shamsid-Deen will undergo surgery to repair damage on his right shoulder. Shamsid-Deen, who has missed the last seven games, has appeared in only five of Auburn's 15 games. He missed the second half of last season as well because of injuries that required surgery on both shoulders.
"Our heart goes out to Tahj," Pearl said. "Could it be a career-ending injury? I don’t think we will be able to determine that until after he goes through the surgery and see if Dr. (James) Andrews is confident, as is Tahj confident, in that shoulder."
Dunans was injured in late December. Pearl said Dunans had a procedure on his knee to stop leakage and his return has been pushed back to "very late in the season," if at all.
Pearl said the loss of Shamsid-Deen hurts Auburn because he's "sort of that quarterback" and needs to run the team. Kareem Canty has filled in as point guard since the injury.
"Tahj took care of the responsibility of setting up our offense, putting pieces in the right spot and breaking pressure," Pearl said. "He is also our best on the ball defender and our best communicator. If you take him out, we aren't as good."
Pearl said the surgery will be on Shamsid-Deen's non-shooting shoulder. He said the injury occurred in practice.
"It was a contact blow in practice earlier in the season that did the damage and he just was not able to recover from it," Pearl said.
Auburn, 7-8, will play Kentucky at 3 p.m. Saturday in Auburn Arena.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine