Guard will miss two to four weeks of practice

Updated: October 26, 2004, 7:25 PM ET
Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke freshman guard DeMarcus Nelson will miss two to four weeks of practice after having surgery Tuesday to repair a ruptured ligament in his right thumb.

Nelson injured his thumb Saturday during Duke's annual Blue-White Scrimmage.

"Injuries are part of the game and if there is a bright side, it is that it happened early in the season and the expected recovery time is relatively short," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Tuesday. "We have the best medical personnel working with DeMarcus and we're very optimistic about a quick return."

Nelson holds the California state high school record with 3,462 career points and ranks in the state's top 10 in career rebounds and assists. He averaged 30.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and 5.8 assists as a high school senior.


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