David Padgett breaks foot; out 6-8 weeks

6-11 sophomore center David Padgett broke a bone in his right foot and a sprained ankle in a pickup game Monday (Sept. 19) and will be sidelined six to eight weeks.

Padgett suffered an avulsion fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot and is doubtful to be in the Cardinals' lineup to start the 2005-06 season in November. He was x-rayed at Jewish Hospital and examined by U of L team physician Dr. John Ellis.

Padgett is the second member of the Cardinal front line to experience a significant injury in the off-season, as Juan (Tello) Palacios injured his right foot in a pickup game on July 13 and has been sidelined since then. Palacios is hopeful to return to action in November.

"This is the most disappointing preseason I've experienced in a long time," said U of L Coach Rick Pitino. "First, the injury to Tello, and now this. We'll look for the silver lining and when I can find it, I'll let everyone know."

Padgett started 19 games as a freshman at Kansas in 2003-04 before transferring to U of L and sitting out last season. He averaged 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Jayhawks, shot 53.1 percent from the field and blocked a team-high 43 shots, the second-most ever for a Kansas freshman. The Cardinals' co-captain is a former McDonald's High School All-American.

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