Forward suffers hairline fracture in foot

Updated: October 31, 2003, 11:30 AM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Clippers forward Elton Brand sustained a hairline fracture in his right foot during the Clippers' season-opening loss to Seattle in Japan.

He is expected to be out four to six weeks, the team said Thursday.

X-rays taken in Tokyo after Wednesday night's game showed a hairline fracture of the fourth metatarsal.

Brand had 21 points, 15 rebounds and a career-high eight blocks in the Clippers' 109-100 loss.

Brand missed 18 games last season with a stress fracture in his lower left leg. He averaged 18.5 points and 11.3 rebounds in 62 games last season.

He signed an offer sheet with the Miami Heat in July. The Clippers retained Brand by matching the offer with a six-year contract reportedly worth $82.2 million.


Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press

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