Two players on the top-ranked Kentucky basketball team were injured in a Christmas Day traffic accident in Lexington, Ky., authorities said.
The accident involving senior forward Richard Madison and freshman guard Eric Manuel occurred while the two were returning from Christmas dinner at Coach Eddie Sutton's house. They were treated at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and released.
X-rays showed no broken bones, but Madison had bruises on his left thigh, right wrist and right shoulder and Manuel had mild neck soreness and bruises on his left calf, a hospital spokeswoman said.
The team's physician, Dr. Michael Ray, said it would be premature to speculate on how many games and practices the two players would miss.
"We're very thankful that their injuries weren't more serious than they are," Sutton said.
Authorities said Madison, who was driving, was making a left turn when the car was hit broadside by a pickup truck at 3:30 p.m. The driver of the truck was not hurt.
Senior center Rob Lock took Manuel to the hospital after several players helped him out of the car. Madison was semiconscious and pinned inside the car. Paramedics had to pry him loose with a tool used to cut through the mangled steel.
Madison has played in all six of Kentucky's games this season, averaging 2.3 points and 4.8 rebounds. Manuel has averaged 6.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in the six games.