Pitino expects Jenkins to be 'actively participating'

Updated: October 19, 2006, 2:41 PM ET
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Louisville senior guard Brandon Jenkins might play after all.

Cardinals coach Rick Pitino all but guaranteed that the senior guard will be healthy enough to play this season after injuring his leg in August, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.

Jenkins suffered a broken right leg and high-ankle sprain in a pick-up game just before Louisville began practicing for its three-game trip in Canada over Labor Day weekend. It was discussed then that Jenkins -- who was walking on crutches -- possibly would sit out the season and apply for a medical redshirt.

"Brandon Jenkins is now walking," Pitino said at the team's annual media day Wednesday afternoon. "He'll start jogging very soon and we expect in two weeks for him to be actively participating."

Jenkins averaged 11.2 points per game last season.

More good news for Louisville: During the news conference, Pitino deemed his four freshmen "the second-best class I've ever had."

"Although we're very young, I'm much more confident [this year] because I love our attitude, I love our potential and the guys are showing some outstanding things early on," Pitino said. "As we get healthier, we'll get better."

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