Nuggets' Nene hurts right knee early in opener

Updated: November 1, 2005, 9:55 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO -- Denver Nuggets forward Nene left Tuesday night's season opener against the San Antonio Spurs in the first quarter with what the team called a sprained right anterior cruciate ligament.

He was not expected to return in the game.

Nene was helped off the floor with about 2 minutes left in the quarter after falling while the Spurs' Tim Duncan stole the ball from him.

Nene was scoreless and had two turnovers in about 2 minutes of play.

The Nuggets said the Brazilian player, now in his fourth NBA season, will be examined by a team doctor on Wednesday morning in Denver.

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