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Saturday, January 4, 2003
No indication how long Simien will be out

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas forward Wayne Simien dislocated his right shoulder after jamming his arm into the rim Saturday and had to be helped from the court in great pain.

How long the 6-foot-9 sophomore will be out was anybody's guess. Coach Roy Williams said it could be a minimum of two-to-three games.

"The game stopped being fun when Wayne got hurt,'' said Williams, whose Jayhawks (9-3) will begin defense of their Big 12 title Monday night at Iowa State.

Simien, who sustained a similar injury to the same shoulder at the end of his high school career, was scheduled to be examined by doctors later Saturday night.

"I just know I'm going to do everything possible to try to come back as soon as possible, but still keep in mind I've still got the rest of my career ahead of me and not try to make any stupid mistakes, just do what the doctors tell me,'' Simien said.

Simien leads Kansas with 9.4 rebounds and is their second-leading scorer at 17 points per game.

Simien was injured in the first half of Kansas' 100-46 victory over Missouri-Kansas City while defending a layup attempt by Michael Watson, the nation's third-leading scorer.

"I went up for a block and kind of got jammed up in the rim. My arm stayed and my body kept going, and it came out,'' he said.

The Jayhawks are counting on Simien to take up the slack left by the departure of All-America Drew Gooden, who was drafted in the first round by Memphis last year as a junior.