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.