Smith announced on his weekly radio show Monday night that Bradley broke his hand when he hit the basket support.
"Ramel was just Ramel. He made a bad play and slammed his hand into the basket support," said Smith.
Smith said an assistant coach told him to be careful because he could hurt his hand that way. The UK coach said the next thing he knew Bradley was out of practice and trainer Dave Kindy told him Bradley had broke his hand.
"We will know more tomorrow about if he needs a pin (in his hand to repair the bone)," Smith said. "He is an energizer. We will miss that. We don't know how long he will be out." Bradley was suspended for UK's loss to Tennessee, but came back to score 14 points in 22 minutes at Vanderbilt. He played only four minutes, all in the first half, of last week's win over Georgia and got just eight minutes, again all in the first half, of Saturday's win at South Carolina.
"He played well the first half at South Carolina. It's not that he was not playing well. Other guys were just playing well," Smith said on his radio show.
South Carolina coach Dave Odom said Monday that Kentucky has more depth than any team in the SEC as shown by the way Brandon Stockton has played the last two games at guard since being inserted into the starting lineup.
"What jumped out (Saturday) is that they had great depth. Did Brandon Stockton come in as walk-on and is now on scholarship? I may be wrong about that," Odom said. "But they have some guys playing significant role now that were not doing that three or four weeks ago. It just points out the depth of their roster because there was not a lot of difference in those playing in January and those playing now." Smith said Stockton's role could increase with Bradley's injury and also indicated that senior walk-on Preston Lemaster might also be used more.