“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.