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Brand to miss a month

Sixers forward Elton Brand is expected to miss a month after an MRI exam of his dislocated right shoulder revealed a fracture and a tear of the labrum.

Sixers team physician Jack McPhilemy does not believe the injury will require surgery at this time.

"It's unfortunate that this happened, but we're starting rehab right away and I'm going to do everything I can to get back as soon as possible," Brand said in a statement. "While I'm disappointed that I can't be on the court, during this time I'm going to continue to support my teammates and the coaches in any way they need me."

Brand was injured in the third quarter last night against Milwaukee. He had an MRI exam after the game.

Brand left the game with 7:23 remaining in the third quarter. He got caught on a pump fake and flipped over the Bucks' Luc Mbah a Moute and landed awkwardly on the floor as both men hit the floor. Brand got up and went directly to the locker room. The Sixers announced the injury a few minutes later.

''It was such a nasty fall, especially how big he is, and then to bring the guy down on his shoulder . . . having seen the fall and how nasty it was, I guess we're fortunate that it could have been worse,'' team president/general manager Ed Stefanski said.

Brand played 22 minutes with four points and six rebounds. On the season, Brand is averaging a team-high 15.9 points and 9.8 rebounds in 23 games.