Diogu injured in practice, likely out 4-6 weeks

Updated: May 3, 2008, 6:34 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Pacers forward Ike Diogu tore his left calf muscle during practice and the team expects he'll be out four to six weeks.

Diogu, who started the season-opener for injured Jermaine O'Neal, averaged 13.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in the Pacers' first three wins. He hurt his calf during practice Tuesday.

"It happens. Injuries are part of the game," Diogu said. "It was like somebody threw a rock at the back of my leg, so I knew it was going to be something pretty serious."

The 6-foot-8 Diogu came to the Pacers as part of a multiplayer trade with Golden State last season.

"I really feel terrible for Ike," coach Jim O'Brien after Wednesday's shootaround. "The good thing is we have some depth up front that should be able to step up."

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