Padgett underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test on Tuesday morning at Jewish Hospital on his knee, which has become inflamed recently from a sprain which occurred during an intrasquad scrimmage on Nov. 12. He returned to practice following that injury on Dec. 1 and has played in each of the Cardinals' 24 games since then. Over the last few weeks, he has rested during many practices and played in the Cards' games. The date for the surgery has not been scheduled.
"Over the last few days, his condition has deteriorated," said U of L Coach Rick Pitino. "The doctors say it's in his best interest to have the surgery now so he can begin the process of preparing for his return to the court."
Apparently, the final straw for Padgett happened during practice Monday afternoon.
"We had an incident in practice yesterday and its time to shut (David) down," Rick Pitino said Tuesday. "He had an MRI this morning and its telling us it time to get the surgery done."
Pitino said that 6-9 freshman Brian Johnson will replace Padgett in the starting lineup Wednesday night against DePaul.