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Rasheed Wallace Has Broken Bone In Left Foot, Will Miss Another 8 Weeks

Rasheed Wallace (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Rasheed Wallace (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Knicks say new X-rays of Rasheed Wallace’s left foot show a broken bone, and he is expected to miss another eight weeks.

The forward will have surgery this week, a damaging blow for a team that has missed his play off the bench.

The 38-year-old Wallace came out of a two-year retirement to join the Knicks this season and averaged 7.2 points while appearing in 20 of the first 22 games, helping the Knicks get off to a 17-5 start. He also averaged 4.2 rebounds and 0.8 blocks.

He hasn’t played since, and the Knicks said Wednesday his injury had progressed to a fractured bone at the outside of his left foot, otherwise known as a Jones fracture. Perhaps aware Wallace might not be able to return, the Knicks signed forward Kenyon Martin to a 10-day contract last week.

How big of a blow is this, Knicks fans? Do you think he’ll be back for the playoffs? Sound off with your thoughts and comments below…

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