Pitt's Fields will miss start of practice recovering from second surgery on foot

Updated: October 16, 2008, 5:52 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh's Levance Fields, one of the Big East's top guards, will miss the start of preseason practice Friday while he recovers from a second operation this year on his left foot.

Fields was sidelined for seven weeks last season after breaking his foot. He returned to help lead Pitt to the third round of the NCAA tournament, only to reinjure the foot in August.

Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said Thursday it is uncertain how long Fields will be out. Pitt, which is likely to be a preseason Top 10 team, begins play Nov. 14 against Fairleigh Dickinson.

"I don't think we can make any predictions on that," Dixon said. "Who would have thought he'd be playing on it for two months [this summer] and not have one problem with it, and then have the injury re-occur? It's unexplainable."

Pitt doesn't play for nearly a month, meaning Fields has more time to get into shape than he did last season. The Panthers were in the middle of their Big East schedule at the time.

Fields, a senior, was second on the team in scoring with an 11.9 average. He also averaged 5.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds.

"We're taking our time with it -- not like last year," Fields said. "I'm not saying that we rushed it, but it was in-season and I wanted to get back. Being where we are now, we can take a little more time with it."

If Fields isn't ready to start the season, freshman Travon Woodall probably would replace him. Woodall sustained a concussion and had several teeth loosened during a workout Wednesday and may not practice Frida


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