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Foot injury to sideline Oden for 2-4 weeks

October 30, 2008|associated press

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden will sit out two to four weeks because of an injury to his right foot.

The team said Wednesday that MRI and computerized scans confirmed Oden has a mid-lateral foot sprain.

Oden, who sat out all of last season after knee surgery, injured his foot in the first quarter of the Trail Blazers' 96-76 season-opening loss to the Lakers on Tuesday night.

"I was trying to go get a rebound, and kind of came down on Derek Fisher's foot on like the third play of the game. I kind of fell and didn't think twice about it," he said after the game.

Oden missed four shots and two free throws in 13 minutes of play. He had five rebounds and a blocked shot.

The 7-foot center was the top pick in the 2007 draft. But even before his rookie season started, it was postponed by microfracture surgery on his right knee.

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