For the second time this season, Indiana has lost D.J. White with a foot injury. This time, though, it appears possible the 6-9, 242-pound forward could be lost for the remainder of the season.
Indiana athletic officials confirmed Monday that White re-injured his left foot in the closing minutes of Indiana's 81-79 win over Ohio State Saturday, and he'll be out indefinitely. White was knocked to the floor late in Saturday's game, and another player accidentally stepped on White's foot while he was on the ground.
White was out for seven weeks when he first broke the left foot in a mid-November exhibition game against St. Joseph's (Ind.), and if this is a similar injury, it would most likely keep him shelved for the remainder of the 2005-06 season.
"It is really disappointing because D.J.'s previous injury had healed, and he was really coming on strong," said IU Coach Mike Davis. "This is a totally different situation than his previous injury, and it is unfortunate for any player to have to suffer two separate yet significant injuries through the course of the season."
IU's release, which doesn't specify whether or not the foot is broken, said that while the injury is to the same foot, the injury is in a "different location."
White had played in five games since returning for the initial injury and was averaging 9.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 17.8 minutes. While his numbers haven't been what they were a year ago, Indiana was 5-0 in those contests, compared to 5-2 when he was sidelined.
"I am disappointed about the injury, but I think we have the type of team that rallies around these kind of things," said White. "We have several players who can step up inside with Marco, Ben (Allen), Sean (Kline) and even Robert (Vaden). It will be hard watching from the bench agagin, but I am going to support my teammates and help in any way I am able to help."
White was seated courtside at Indiana's practice Monday, wearing a protective boot on his left foot. He did move around without the aid of crutches, but it still appears to be a second cruel blow to a player that earned Big Ten Freshman of Year honors this season and was a preseason first-team All-Big Ten pick.
White Out Indefinitely With Foot Injury
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