Jenkins nears return to practice

When Louisville's Brandon Jenkins broke his leg during a pickup basketball game in August, the 6'3 senior guard thought he might not be able to play this season. These days, things are looking up for Jenkins and a return to action in 2006-07.

When Louisville's Brandon Jenkins broke his leg during a pickup basketball game in August, the 6'3 senior guard thought he might not be able to play this season.

Now, just two weeks before the Cardinals open the 2006-07 season with an exhibition against Georgetown College, it appears Jenkins will almost certainly play this year.

"I think I'll be back," Jenkins said Wednesday during the Cardinals annual Media Day at Cardinal Arena. "When it first happened I didn't know. How things are looking (now), I'll be fine. In two weeks I'll be back out here running around. So I'll be good."

Louisville coach Rick Pitino said Jenkins would probably return to practice in two weeks and will begin individual workouts next week.

"Jenkins will definitely play this year," Pitino said. "I shouldn't say definitely, but he's making progress to play this year and unless he has roadblocks that we don't know about we expect him to play."

"When it happened, I thought I was going to have to redshirt," Jenkins said. "But they (doctors) told me after I got the screw out that it looked real good and that I'd be 100% by the middle of November."

Jenkins said his foot is recovery nicely.


Brandon Jenkins will almost
certainly play this season.

"Right now, I'm just shooting free throws, riding a bike and getting on an elliptical," Jenkins said. "I'm doing a lot of toe and calf raises and just getting my leg stronger right now. In two or three weeks I'll be out here running plays. Right now, I'm walking better and it's feeling real good."

Best of all, Jenkins isn't feeling much pain after working out.

"Sometimes it's aches a little bit, but that's supposed to happen," he said. "It's really not hurting at all. I'm getting around campus fine and doing good."

Whether or not Jenkins is able to play in Louisville's first true test of the season in Cincinnati against Dayton Nov. 24, it seems highly likely he'll be able when the Cards travel to New York Dec. 5 to play Arizona.

"I'll probably be back by the third game," Jenkins said. "That's what I'm hoping for. The way it's going it might be before then."


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