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Knicks' Chandler out 1 week for neck issue

03/19 2:35 PM

Knicks center Tyson Chandler is expected to miss a week with a small bulging disk in his cervical spine and Kurt Thomas is expected to be out 2-4 weeks for a stress fracture in his foot.

NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks' front line will be a bit thin for the next week.

The team announced Tuesday that center Tyson Chandler is expected to miss a week with a small bulging disk in his cervical spine (neck area).

Also, Kurt Thomas is expected to be out two to four weeks with an an acute stress reaction surrounding a chronic stress fracture in his right foot, according to the Knicks.

Both injuries were revealed in MRIs taken earlier Tuesday.

Chandler has missed the past two games with the neck ailment. He also suffered a bone contusion in his left knee during the Knicks' loss March 13 to the Nuggets.

The Knicks are 1-1 without Chandler, who is the backbone of their defense.

Thomas, 40, originally suffered his foot injury last Thursday against the Blazers. Thomas, the oldest player in the NBA, played the Knicks' next two games in pain.

He had 6 points, 3 blocks and 3 rebounds in 26 minutes in the Knicks' win Monday over Utah, drawing praise from his teammates for performing in pain. The New York Daily News first reported that Thomas suffered a stress reaction.

The injuries are the latest in a long line of ailments to the Knicks' frontcourt players.

Amar'e Stoudemire is expected to miss the rest of the regular season following surgery on his right knee. Rasheed Wallace is also out until at least the first round of the playoffs with a broken bone in his foot.

The Knicks may opt to add a player via free agency in light of Thomas' injury. To open a spot, they would have to cut a player on their 15-man roster.

The team hopes to have Carmelo Anthony back on the floor Wednesday against the Magic but is listing him as questionable. Anthony has missed six of the Knicks' past nine games and large portions of two others due to a knee/hamstring ailment.

Jason Kidd hurt his left wrist late in the Knicks' win Monday, but after undergoing X-rays following the game, Kidd said he expects to play Wednesday.

Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.


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