Villanova center Maurice Sutton suffered a dislocated left thumb during practice on Thursday and will miss an indefinite period.
The 6-foot-11 Sutton, a redshirt junior and the Wildcats’ only experienced big man other than Mouphtaou Yarou, had played in all six games this season. He averaged 1.5 points and 2.7 rebounds.
“Our staff and team are disappointed for Mo,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said in a statement. “He’s been making a contribution to our team on a daily basis and we’ll miss his presence, especially defensively.
“But the positive in this is that Mo can still maintain his conditioning while the thumb heals and we look forward to get him back out there, possibly in time to start the Big East season.”
Villanova also said freshman forward Markus Kennedy was a doubtful participant for Saturday night's game against Penn because of a right shoulder contusion. A team spokesman said the 6-9 Kennedy, who has averaged 2.0 points and 4.2 rebounds in six games, suffered the injury during Friday's practice.