What had been feared for some time was confirmed by Pitt men's basketball coach Jamie Dixon during…
Fields Needed Second Surgery
Pittsburgh will open practice Oct. 17, and the regular-season games will begin sometime in November. So, the 5-foot-10 Levance Fields is not expected to miss any game time if rehabilitation can begin on schedule soon.
Fields previously broke his fifth metatarsal -- the outermost bone that connects the little toe -- in his left foot Dec. 29, 2007, during a lopsided loss at Dayton, the game after Mike Cook suffered a season-ending knee injury. Fields missed seven weeks after that, but finished the season strong to lead the Panthers to the Big East Conference Tournament title and into the NCAA Tourney.
Fields took two months off after the season, per doctors orders, but played in Pitt's Pro-Am Summer League at Green Tree in suburban Pittsburgh and also participated in Phoenix Suns player Steve Nash's NBA point guard camp.
Fields, however, did not participate in Pitt's offseason conditioning workouts in the spring or go through any on-court training.
After playing in the Pro-Am in June and July, Fields reportedly experienced some pain in the foot. After an examination, a slight fracture in the same bone was found. Instead of resting it again, Fields opted for the stabilizing surgery.
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