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Martell Webster Injured

During his pregame comments here at the Rose Garden, Nate McMillan let the media know that Martell Webster sustained an injury during Sunday's game at Toronto.  "Hopefully it's nothing really serious," Nate said.  During halftime of the Raptors game, after Martell had played just five minutes in his first game back in roughly 10 weeks, Martell notified Nate that he felt pain in his foot.  The pain was felt in the same foot that he injured during the preseason.

Martell is meeting with a doctor tonight and more information, including a definite timetable, will be available within the next 24-48 hours.  It is not yet known whether he will be held out of any additional games, aside from tonight, which he will not be playing in.  Word is that he injured a toe on the same foot as his previous injury, however during the session I attended Nate did not confirm that the two injuries were directly related.  

Speculation from multiple reporters here at the Rose Garden puts the timetable at 4-6 weeks.  

Obviously we will pass on more information as it becomes available and confirmed by team sources. Nate will go with the usual starting lineup (Nic at the 3) and will "rotate the way we've been rotating." 

Update (6:33PM): Joe Freeman cites team sources with a 4 week timeline.  He also has a statement from KP which says the pain from this injury is different from the pain in the earlier injury. 

Update (6:37PM): Here's the official press release from the team.


PORTLAND, Ore. - Trail Blazers guard/forward Martell Webster will be sidelined for approximately four weeks after experiencing acute pain in his left foot Sunday at Toronto.

Webster experienced pain Dec. 7 against the Raptors, his first game back after undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot on Oct. 9. An X-ray taken Monday revealed that the fracture has regressed from an X-ray taken late last month.

"The good news is that Martell is not experiencing pain at the fracture site," said Kevin Pritchard, Trail Blazers General Manager. "He is, however, experiencing pain in his little toe joint (head of the fifth metatarsal bone). While it's an unfortunate setback for Martell, we feel putting additional stress on the foot at this time is not conducive for complete healing."

Webster will be placed in a walking boot for two weeks at which time he'll be reevaluated and an updated treatment plan will be implemented.

A fourth-year Trail Blazer, Webster initially incurred the injury in an Oct. 7 preseason game vs. Sacramento.

Webster, 22, has career averages of 8.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 0.8 assists while averaging 37.2% (279-for-750) from 3-point range in 219 games (115 starts) with the Trail Blazers.

UPDATE (7:09PM): Brother Wendell has a nice line from Martell.

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