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Celtics' Fortson Out 3 Months


Boston Celtics forward Danny Fortson has a stress fracture in his right foot and will miss 8-to-12 weeks.

The Celtics announced Fortson's injury in Charlotte during the first half of their exhibition against the Hornets on Tuesday night. The team said Fortson, hobbling on crutches before the game, would return to Boston on Wednesday for further tests.

"It was a big blow to us, but at least it's not his anterior cruciate ligament and it's early in the season," Celtics coach Rick Pitino said. "Danny's a tough guy. We cannot hang our heads about it."

Fortson, a third-year pro, was acquired in an offseason trade with Denver that sent former first-round draft choice Ron Mercer from Boston to the Nuggets.

The 6-foot-7, 260-pound Fortson started Boston's exhibition opener last Wednesday and had eight points and 11 rebounds. He came off the bench two nights later against Atlanta, getting a game-high 12 rebounds in 20 minutes.

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