Jeffries breaks left fibula in Knicks' scrimmage

Updated: October 4, 2008, 6:32 PM ET
Associated Press

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- New York Knicks forward Jared Jeffries fractured his left fibula at practice Thursday and is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

Jared Jeffries


Jeffries, a 6-foot-11, seventh-year pro, pulled up in the backcourt during a scrimmage and was immediately waved off the court by coach Mike D'Antoni. Jeffries' lower leg was wrapped in an ice pack as he sat out the rest of practice until some light shooting at the end.

Jeffries said he jumped and when he landed felt his muscle tighten up, describing it as "more than a cramp."

Jeffries contributed little during his first two seasons in New York, but was expected to have a larger role under D'Antoni because of his ability to play small forward as well as power forward.

Meanwhile, center Eddy Curry didn't practice again while recovering from a bacterial infection. He hasn't practiced since the team arrived at camp and D'Antoni didn't know when he'd be available.

"I think he's just sick. There'd be no other reason because it's not like you want to hang out at the hotel all day," D'Antoni said, adding that it's unlikely Curry will practice before the team leaves town Saturday.

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