Tennis ball injures Badet’s eye

Kentucky might have to hire a full-time eye doctor if its wide receivers keep having freak injuries.

Last season, Javess Blue had to miss the Cats’ game against Alabama State after taking a football to the eye in warm-ups. The ball reportedly slipped through an old pair of gloves and caused his eye to swell shut.

Something strangely similar happened to UK sophomore Jeff Badet, who took a tennis ball to the eye while he was working with the machines to improve players’ hand-eye coordination.

“We’ll see how serious that is in the next — well, really, we won’t know for about a week on that,” Stoops said of Badet, who has been limited in fall camp while recovering from a broken leg that happened at the end of spring practices.

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at
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