Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Purdue's Jackson out indefinitely

No. 7 Purdue could be without its starting point guard for the entire 2009-10 season, as Lewis Jackson is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair a broken foot he suffered last week in practice.

“Hopefully, he can come back at the end of the Big Ten season, but it’s going to take some time,” head coach Matt Painter told the Journal and Courier (West Lafayette, Ind.). “He will be out for a while. He could be a redshirt candidate, because he hasn’t played this year. It would be February at the earliest. We hope it’s not season ending, but it could be.”

Jackson started 30 games for the Boilermakers last season, averaging 5.9 points and 3.3 assists per game. In the season-opening win over Cal State Northridge, Painter used guards Keaton Grant, Chris Kramer and E’Twaun Moore in the starting lineup, and D.J. Byrd and Ryne Smith for 19 minutes each off the bench.

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