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Kentucky Star P.J. Washington Ruled Out For Team's First Round Game vs. Abilene Christian

PJ Washington takes a shot against Tennessee.

KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE - MARCH 02: PJ Washington #25 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball in the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena on March 02, 2019 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

All week, rumors were swirling regarding Kentucky star P.J. Washington's status heading into the NCAA Tournament. Thursday morning, Wildcats head coach John Calipari issued a huge update.

Washington will not play against Abilene Christian in the team's first round game on Thursday night. Calipari revealed that the team knew earlier in the week that Washington wouldn't be playing, which is why he was spotted wearing a boot on his foot.

Calipari, who also revealed that Washington has a hard cast, says the boot is for "precautionary reasons." While he's out for Thursday night's contest, it's unclear if he'll recover enough to play in a potential second round game on Saturday night.

Washington had a breakout sophomore season, so his absence will be a big deal.

'The specialists confirmed our original diagnosis that @PJWashington has a sprained foot and there is no fracture. Once we determined that PJ was not going to play today, they put him in a hard cast for precautionary reasons. He is out for today’s game."

Kentucky, which boasts a great deal of young talent, will still be a heavy favorite. But if the Wildcats want to have a shot at winning a national title, Washington will need to get healthy quickly.

Kentucky takes on Abilene Christian at 7:10 PM ET at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. The game will be broadcast on CBS.