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Louisville freshman Johnson to miss time after injuring shoulder

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Louisville coach Chris Mack argues a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Duke in Louisville, Ky., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)


Louisville’s David Johnson injured a left shoulder in practice on Monday and will be sidelined for up to six months, the program announced on Thursday.

He will undergo surgery “soon,” although no specific timetable was given.

“This is tough news on David for sure,” said head coach Chris Mack. “I feel badly for DJ because of his excitement level to start his college career. He was having an excellent summer to date and we will miss him over the next few months. Knowing David’s work ethic, he will put in the time to get back as quickly as possible and be ready to impact our team this season.”

There is a chance that Johnson will be able to return as soon as four months from now, which would slot him to return in late-November. That would mean that he could end up being healthy and back to 100 percent by the time that ACC play fully kicks off in the new year.

The point guard spot is the biggest question mark for the Cardinals heading into next season, and Johnson had impressed during the summer. The thought has been that St. Joe’s grad transfer Fresh Kimble will end up being the starter at the point, but the staff believed that, at the very least, Johnson would have pushed him for the job, if not won it outright.