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Article updated: 12/2/2012 8:40 PM

Hamilton has torn plantar fascia

By Mike McGraw

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.

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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