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Monday January 30, 2012 Backup F Walter Pitchford out 10-14 days with sprained wrist after scooter accident

Updated: 5:33pm, January 30

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Freshman Walter Pitchford rarely plays for the Florida basketball team, but now he can’t even practice. Walter Pitchford

Pitchford, the 6-foot-10, 221-pound forward from Grand Rapids, Mich., badly sprained his right wrist in a motor scooter accident Sunday and will be out of action from probably 10 days to two weeks, team trainer David “Duke” Werner said Monday.

The accident occurred a block off the UF campus, just north of the intersection of University Avenue and 13th Street, where Pitchford tried to break on the bike and prevent hitting a vehicle in front of him. Instead, he rolled the scooter sideways to the ground, injuring his wrist and scraped his arm badly hitting the pavement.

“He needs the work for himself, just to be at practice,” Gators coach Billy Donovan said. “He needs to be out there in terms of growth and understanding, rehearsing and developing habits. But he’ll be out a while.”

Pitchford, who has played just 15 minutes over eight games and scored four points, spent most of Monday’s practice stretching and doing cardio machines. His absence won’t impact the Gators too much in practice, as Pitchford is usually the 11th man in five-on-five drills and scrimmages.

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