Cast removed from Maggette's foot

Updated: January 31, 2006, 7:06 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- The cast was removed from Corey Maggette's injured left foot Tuesday, and the Los Angeles Clippers said an X-ray revealed significant healing in the ligament he injured almost two months ago.

Corey Maggette

"We will proceed with our intended therapy and rehabilitation program," team physician Dr. Tony Daly said after examining Maggette. "We are optimistic about Corey's status. He will be re-evaluated in two to three weeks, at which time we intend to determine a further course of action."

Maggette will undergo aquatic therapy and a rehabilitation program until his next evaluation. His playing shoe has been altered with a full length carbon fiber shank to allow more rigidity, the team said, adding Maggette is not expected to participate in any on-court activities until he is being re-evaluated.

The 26-year-old Maggette was injured during a 99-89 victory over Miami on Dec. 5, and hasn't played since that time, missing 25 games. It was initially thought Maggette had a sprained left foot but a CT scan revealed a small separation of the ligament between the bones in the foot.

He is averaging 21.7 points and 5.5 rebounds in 13 games this season. The 6-foot-6 swingman averaged a career-best 22.2 points in 66 games last season.

Coach Mike Dunleavy said last week he was hopeful Maggette would return by March 1.

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