Louisville freshman guard David Johnson is expected to miss four to six months after injuring his shoulder in practice on Monday, the team announced Thursday.
Johnson sustained damage to his left, non-shooting shoulder, an MRI revealed, and he will undergo surgery soon, the school indicated. Louisville doesn't expect him to return until late November, at the earliest.
"This is tough news on David for sure," coach Chris Mack said in a press release. "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."
At 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, Johnson was expected to play a major role with the Cardinals, likely at point guard. The Louisville native led Trinity High School to the state title and received first-team all-state honors.
The injury could open the door for freshman Josh Nickelberry, a 6-4, 195-pound combo guard who sustained a broken hand earlier in the summer. On Thursday, Mack told the Louisville Courier Journal that Nickelberry is "back 100 percent."