Injury ends Padgett's season early

David Padgett played his last game of the 2005-06 season last Saturday in a loss to Syracuse. The 6-11 sophomore will miss the remainder of the season because of a knee injury and will undergo surgery to repair the damage.

David Padgett played his last game of the 2005-06 season last Saturday in a loss to Syracuse. The 6-11 sophomore will miss the remainder of the season because of a knee injury and will undergo surgery to repair the damage to his left knee.

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."

Padgett started 24 games this season after transferring from Kansas. He was the Cardinals third leading scorer (11.8) and top rebounder (6.1). He also led Louisville with 35 blocked shots.

Pitino said that 6-9 freshman Brian Johnson will replace Padgett in the starting lineup Wednesday night against DePaul.


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