Bad disc grounds Baron; Mercer has knee surgery

Updated: November 16, 2004, 1:37 AM ET

New Orleans Hornets: The injuries continue to pile up for the winless Hornets.

Two-time All-Star guard Baron Davis is expected to miss seven to 14 days after medical tests taken over the weekend revealed an inflamed disc in his lower back.

The Hornets, who are in their first season in the rugged Western Conference, placed reserve forward Rodney Rogers on the injured list with a sprained knee Saturday. They will also be without forward Jamal Mashburn for the entire season.

Davis, who injured his back Friday against the Atlanta Hawks, did not accompany the team for a matchup in Milwaukee on Saturday. Without their top playmaker, the Hornets dropped another tight contest, 94-91, to fall to 0-6 on the season. Half of the losses were decided by three points or less.

After missing 47 games due to injury over the last two seasons, Davis began his sixth season with 24.6 points and 8.0 assists in five games.

New Jersey Nets: Guard Ron Mercer underwent surgery on his left knee.

In a procedure performed by Dr. Michael Kelly at Lennox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, Mercer had multiple loose bodies removed from the knee. He is expected to be sidelined up to eight weeks.

Signed to a two-year, $3.3 million deal in the offseason, Mercer averaged 9.3 points in his first three games before experiencing knee trouble.

In New Jersey, the 6-foot-7 Mercer was expected to fill the roster spot vacated by guard Kerry Kittles, who was traded to the Clippers.

The Nets put Mercer on the injures list Saturday.