Wildcats NG Melvin Lewis out up to 6 weeks with broken leg

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky senior nose guard Melvin Lewis is out for the remainder of the regular season with a broken leg sustained in Thursday's loss to Auburn.

Coach Mark Stoops said Monday the junior will have surgery Tuesday for a fractured fibula. The coach says recovery normally takes six weeks and that he hoped Lewis could heal in time to play in a bowl game if the Wildcats (4-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) qualify for postseason.

Stoops says, ''We need to try to win a few more games down the stretch here and give him an opportunity to try to come back and play one last time.''

Lewis had 20 tackles and a sack while starting four of six games. Sophomore Matt Elam will replace him in Saturday night's game at Mississippi State.

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