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Raptors release injury update: Lowry out 10 days, Bargnani out indefinitely

Dec 12, 2012, 9:13 PM EDT

Toronto Raptors center Andrea Bargnani reacts to a call during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah Reuters

The Raptors haven’t been very good when healthy this season, so one can only assume that prolonged absences due to injury from the team’s best players won’t help the situation.

The team released an update to its injured players, and while the news is better than expected where Kyle Lowry is concerned, the news isn’t good at all for Andrea Bargnani.

From the official release:

Guard Kyle Lowry has a partial tear to his right triceps muscle. He will be treated symptomatically with an estimated return time of 10 days.

Lowry sustained the injury at the 11:02 mark of the third quarter Monday at Portland.

Forward-centre Andrea Bargnani has a ligament tear in his right elbow and a strained right wrist. He will be treated symptomatically and is out indefinitely.

Bargnani sustained the injury at the 4:22 mark of the first quarter Monday at Portland.

The Bargnani news is particularly troubling, given the fact that he has a contract which will guarantee him $23 million over the next two seasons. If he’s out for the next couple of months, it’ll be tough to move him and that large dollar figure before the trade deadline.

Lowry coming back soon is at least a small piece of positive news for a team that has been dealing with a season full of negativity.

Toronto was down to just eight healthy players for Wednesday night’s game against the Nets.

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