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September 30, 2006

Wolfinger out

Posted by Bob Condotta at 11:29 AM

The Washington Huskies have suffered another hit to their lineup with the news late this week that center Joe Wolfinger has a stress fracture in his foot and could miss the entire season.

Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said Saturday that Wolfinger has his foot in a cast right now and that "he'll miss the majority of the season if not all of the season.''

Romar said the initial injury occurred about two weeks ago. "He felt a twinge and tried to go on it and he gave it some rest and it didn't get any better,'' Romar said. "Then they did further tests and that's what they came up with it.''

Wolfinger redshirted last season to add some weight and bulk.

Romar again called Wolfinger "the hardest worker on the team'' and said Wolfinger was sure to have a significant role this season.

"We were counting on him,'' Romar said. "With Wolf, the sky is the limit once he starts playing games. There's no telling what he could end up doing.''

Wolfinger figured to compete with senior Hans Gasser for playing time up front. But Gasser also remains bothered by a separated shoulder suffered in August.

Also still sidelined is guard Joel Smith, who also has a stress fracture in his right foot, which the left-hander plants to jump.

Smith said earlier this week it may still be a month or so before he can return. He was walking on crutches this week and estimated that it could still be two or three weeks before he can walk without crutches. He said it would be two weeks until he could return. That means Smith might not be back until the beginning of November.

Smith said he recently had surgery to put a small screw through a bone in his foot.

"It could have led to something a lot worse [without surgery],'' he said. "But I'll come back quickly, I believe. I'll be ready [for the season].''