MRI confirms sprain; Padgett out 3-4 weeks

University of Louisville Sophomore center David Padgett suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in the Cardinals' public intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday and will be out of action for 3-4 weeks.

University of Louisville Sophomore center David Padgett suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in the Cardinals' public intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday and will be out of action for 3-4 weeks.

A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test at Jewish Hospital on Sunday morning confirmed the intial diagnosis by team physician Dr. John Ellis. Padgett sustained the injury with 2:38 remaining in the scrimmage after producing 15 points, a game-high 14 rebounds and a team-best seven assists. He had practiced full speed for a week with the Cardinals since returning from a broken foot he suffered in a pickup game on Sept. 19.

"It's the best we could have hoped for (with the injury)," said U of L Coach Rick Pitino. "He'll have to wear a brace for a few weeks after his recovery time, but we look forward to having him back on the court."

A co-captain for the Cardinals, Padgett started 19 games as a freshman at Kansas in 2003-04 before transferring to U of L and sitting out last season. He averaging 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.

U of L opens its 2005-06 season as the Cardinals face Tennessee-Martin in Freedom Hall on Saturday (Nov. 19). U of L will play its second exhibition game the following evening against Southern Indiana.


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