Guidugli might miss Louisville game Saturday

Updated: November 24, 2004, 11:30 AM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati quarterback Gino Guidugli broke a bone in his throwing hand when he slipped outside his home and might miss Saturday's game at Louisville (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP).

Guidugli, who holds most of the school's passing records, broke a small bone on the top of his right hand Saturday night.

"I slipped on the top step, tried to brace my fall and hurt my hand," Guidugli said.

He was at practice Tuesday, with his hand wrapped. Doctors told him not to throw this week, he said.

"They want to give the bone proper time to heal, so I'm trying to do as little as possible before Saturday," Guidugli said.

Coach Mark Dantonio said Guidugli wants to play Saturday but a decision won't come before then.

"It's not a break that's a season-ending break," Dantonio said. "If we play in a bowl game in two weeks or three weeks, he should be able to play for sure."

Cincinnati (6-4, 5-2 Conference USA) lost four of its first six games but became bowl eligible by beating South Florida 45-23 last Saturday. Guidugli is one touchdown pass from tying the Bearcats' single-season record of 25.

Louisville (8-1, 6-0) has won five of the past six games with Cincinnati.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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