Boozer out at least another month

Updated: November 17, 2005, 5:18 PM ET
Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah forward Carlos Boozer will miss at least another month because of a hamstring injury that has kept him from playing this season.

Carlos Boozer

The Jazz said Thursday that Boozer, idle since February because of injuries, felt a pop in his left hamstring in a drill Monday. An MRI showed that the strain in his muscle appeared to be worse.

"Once the swelling and inflammation subside, we will then turn back the clocks and begin rehab anew," team orthopedist Dr. Lyle Mason said in a statement.

Mason said Boozer will be off the court for at least a month while resting the hamstring.

Boozer hasn't played since Feb. 14, when he strained his right foot in a game at Phoenix. He said entering training camp that the foot was completely healed, but injured his hamstring in an early practice and did not play in a preseason game.

Boozer averaged a team-high 17.8 points and 9.0 rebounds in 51 games before missing the rest of the season with the foot injury.

Kevin O'Connor, vice president for basketball operations, said Boozer came back from the summer with just 6 percent body fat and appeared ready for his second season with Utah.

"Carlos did everything we asked him to do over the offseason and more," O'Connor said. "It is much easier to work during the season than the offseason. We were excited about Carlos and still are."

The Jazz also are without forward Andrei Kirilenko, who hasn't played since spraining his right ankle Saturday in a loss at Chicago.

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