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Duke Is Down Potential Starter Due To Injury

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- One of No. 9 Duke's projected starters is out indefinitely with a broken wrist.

Team officials said Thursday that freshman Mason Plumlee fell hard during practice a day earlier and broke his left wrist. They say he injury will not require surgery, and will be evaluated weekly by the team's medical staff.

The 6-foot-10 newcomer was expected to join his older brother Miles Plumlee in the Blue Devils' bulked-up frontcourt. He averaged 12 points and eight rebounds in a pair of exhibition routs.

That makes two projected starters who won't be in the lineup Friday night when Duke opens the season against North Carolina-Greensboro. Guard Nolan Smith must sit out two games for playing in an unsanctioned summer league.


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