Horford out indefinitely with a torn chest muscle
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[December 28, 2013]
(Reuters) — The Atlanta Hawks were
dealt a severe blow on Friday when they learned that Al Horford, their
leading scorer and rebounder, has been sidelined indefinitely with a
torn chest muscle.
Twice All-Star Horford, 27, left the court with a right shoulder
injury late in Thursday's 127-125 double-overtime win against the
Cleveland Cavaliers and did not return.
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam and medical examination in
Atlanta on Friday revealed a complete tear of his right pectoral
"We will work with Al and complete our due diligence to determine
the next best steps for him," Hawks general manager Danny Ferry said
in a statement. "Injuries are part of the challenge of an NBA
The Hawks, who are 16-13 this season and sit third in the 15-team
Eastern Conference, said that Horford was ruled out indefinitely and
that an update on his status would be given "at the appropriate time."
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Dominican Republic native Horford, an All-Star in 2010 and
2011, is averaging 8.4 rebounds and 18.6 points on 56.7 percent
shooting from the floor this season.
(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles;
editing by Amlan Chakraborty)
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