Padgett has stress fracture in foot

Updated: January 10, 2004, 7:42 PM ET
Associated Press

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Kansas center David Padgett will be out at least a week because of a stress fracture in his left foot, Jayhawks coach Bill Self announced Saturday.

"It's in the early stages," Self said. "The doctors feel like it's not full-blown, and hopefully rest will take care of it. We'll sit him this week, then reevaluate it, and hopefully get him back soon after that."

Padgett, a 6-foot-11, 230-pound freshman, will miss Wednesday's game against Kansas State and is questionable for the Jan. 17 game at Texas A&M.

He has started all 11 games for the Jayhawks and averages 7.2 points and 5.5 rebounds. Because of foul problems, Padgett played only 9 minutes in Monday's win at Colorado.

"The good thing is we got it early," Self said. "Hopefully, a very short rest will get him back full speed."

J.R. Giddens needed surgery to repair a stress fracture in the summer.

"J.R.'s was a definite fracture," Self said. "This is the beginning stages here. We're nervous it could become one; that's why we'll give it some time."

Self said Jeff Graves, a 6-9, 255-pound senior, would start in place of Padgett.

Michael Lee, a 6-3 guard who has missed the last nine games because of a broken collarbone, practiced with contact Friday and is expected to play Wednesday.

"Mike's looked good," Self said. "His timing is not great, yet he's further along that I thought he'd be."

Self had hoped Lee's return would solidify an eight- or nine-man rotation.

"We thought we'd be whole by now," Self said. "We've certainly delayed that."

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