March Madness 2019: Kentucky coach John Calipari gives PJ Washington injury update

PJ Washington may not be on the floor Saturday, either.

The sophomore forward missed Kentucky’s first-round NCAA Tournament win Thursday over No. 15 seed Abilene Christian with a sprained foot. Coach John Calipari discussed Washington’s status when he met with reporters after the victory.

“The options were the boot or a cast, and the cast would speed up the healing, so, we said to put the cast on,” Calipari said. “Whether they take it off tomorrow to check it, I don’t know. If they don’t, he won’t play Saturday, and they’ll probably try to take it off Tuesday or Wednesday of next week to see how his foot feels.”

Calipari later told ESPN: “My guess is he won’t play this weekend.”

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Washington has been Kentucky’s best player this season. He’s averaging a team-high 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 51.5 percent from the field.

Washington originally suffered the injury during Kentucky’s loss to Tennessee in the SEC Tournament last week.

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