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Brand has cast removed, to begin rehab on Achilles tendon


LOS ANGELES -- Clippers forward Elton Brand had the cast
removed from his left leg and was fitted for a removable walking
boot Tuesday, six weeks after he had surgery to repair a ruptured
Achilles tendon.

The Clippers said Brand will begin a rehabilitation program
under the supervision of their training and medical staff. The
program includes local therapy, cardiovascular work and a
flexibility and strengthening program.

Brand is expected to wear the walking boot for six weeks before
being reevaluated by Dr. Craig Morgan at Christiana Care's
Wilmington Hospital in Wilmington, Del.

Brand was injured Aug. 3 during his daily workout in nearby El
Segundo, and Morgan performed the surgery four days later. Brand
was examined and had his cast removed at the hospital in
Wilmington.

Brand averaged 20.5 points and 9.3 rebounds last season. While
no timetable has been set for his return to the court, he is
expected to miss at least the first several months of the season.