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Leading Bulldog scorer to play today

Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 3:55 am

For the first time in two weeks, Butler will have all of its basketball arsenal at its disposal.

Senior Bulldog guard Rotnei Clarke was cleared to play in today's Atlantic 10 Conference game with Temple at Hinkle Fieldhouse (6 p.m., ESPN2).

“Rotnei has remained symptom free, and he's gone through full-contact practice with the team,” Butler athletic trainer Ryan Galloy said in a release. “As long as there are no unexpected changes, he's cleared to begin playing in games.”

Clarke is Butler's leading scorer (16 points per game), but hasn't played since suffering a severe neck sprain in a 79-73 victory at Dayton on Jan. 12.

He was injured in the first half of the game at Dayton. He came up with a steal and was attempting to score when he was fouled on the lay-up attempt and crashed into the basket support. He remained on the floor for eight minutes, and eventually was taken from the court on a stretcher.

Clarke was transported to Miami Valley Hospital, where it was determined that there was no fracture.

He's been sidelined for Butler's last three game, including the Bulldogs' 54-53 loss at La Salle on Wednesday.

The 6-foot guard transferred to Butler from Arkansas in 2011, and began his final collegiate season this year. He leads the No. 9-ranked Bulldogs and ranks fifth in the Atlantic 10 Conference in scoring with a 16.3 average.