Stukes could be out 2-6 weeks

ATHENS – Georgia may have to finish its very forgettable 2004-2005 season without its leading scorer.

Sophomore guard Levi Stukes, who was averaging 15.4 points per game before finally being sidelined last week, could miss two-to-six weeks due to an injured foot, Coach Dennis Felton said Monday. The original prediction was that Stukes would miss two weeks.

If he's out another 24 days, he probably won't have a team to rejoin. The first round of the SEC Tournament will be played in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on March 10, and the Bulldogs (7-14 overall, 1-10 SEC) are expected to see their season end at that time. At this point, Georgia would have to win the SEC Tournament to qualify for a national postseason tournament. Even with Stukes in the lineup, that's unlikely.

Stukes missed the Jan. 22 Vanderbilt game after spraining his ankle during a practice scrimmage. He returned to the lineup on Jan. 29 but never fully healed. He was finally pulled back out of the lineup prior to the Feb. 9 Arkansas game. An MRI taken at that time revealed the ankle injury had led to what Felton describes as "something between a hard bone bruise and a stress fracture."

"It's the result of a twisted ankle, but the actual point of trauma is an area of his foot where a tendon connects to the bone," Felton said.

The Bulldogs return to action Wednesday when they take on Clemson in the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville, S.C.

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