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updated: 12/2/2012 8:40 PM

Hamilton has torn plantar fascia

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An MRI exam on Sunday revealed Bulls guard Richard Hamilton has a torn plantar fascia in his left foot. No timetable was given for his return.

Hamilton, 34, suffered the injury with 3:15 left in the third quarter of Saturday's 93-88 win over Philadelphia. He jumped to throw a pass and fell to the ground holding his left foot. He said later he felt something pop in the foot.

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The 14th year shooting guard was carried off the court by a pair of teammates, but returned to the game in the final 20 seconds and hit 3 late free throws.

This injury typically does not require surgery. Hamilton will likely spend time in a walking boot. A story at bulls.com suggested Hamilton could miss no more than a week, but that seems optimistic.

One past example is Indiana's Danny Granger, who missed a little over a month with a torn plantar fascia in the 2009-10 season. Toronto's Alan Anderson recently suffered the same injury and was told he'd miss 3-6 weeks.

In the meantime, the Bulls will turn to Marco Belinelli and Jimmy Butler to fill in a shooting guard. Belinelli has been a disappointment so far this season, while Butler is a much better defender whose playing time has increased lately.

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