Louisville center Padgett out 10 weeks

Nov. 19, 2007 at 7:37 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Louisville starting center David Padgett will miss at least 10 weeks after breaking his knee Sunday in the sixth-ranked Cardinals' win over Jackson State.

X-rays and an MRI showed Padgett suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right kneecap. The injury could possibly require surgery, likely ending the senior's season.

"The best-case scenario is that he could possibly come back in 10 weeks if the knee heals on its own," said Louisville Coach Rick Pitino. "Second case is that an appeal to the NCAA could yield him a sixth year of eligibility, but we know that is remote. The third case is he sits out this season without the ability to return to our team and then tries to make a professional team. Only time will tell about his future."

Padgett's season was cut short last year due to a knee injury. He began his collegiate career at Kansas before transferring to Louisville and sitting out the 2004-05 season.

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