SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Larry Stewart's return from a broken right foot was not going according to plan. The Washington Bullets forward returned Dec. 9, but minutes were few and far between.
Yesterday, the news got worse. One day after flying home from Los Angeles because of soreness in the foot, Stewart discovered that he had broken it again, and that he will again require surgery, which will take place after the holidays.
RTC The former Coppin State star first broke the foot on Aug. 18, during a summer-league game in Philadelphia. Surgery followed, and the foot was in a cast until Oct. 28.
Stewart was activated on Dec. 9 and played that night against the Phoenix Suns, scoring eight points in 17 minutes. At the time, coach Wes Unseld described Stewart's play as "rusty."
Stewart played in just three of the six games that followed, averaging 4.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 11.7 minutes.
In his last appearance, Stewart played six minutes and scored two points in Monday's win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. He practiced with the team in Los Angeles on Tuesday, but flew home on Wednesday after complaining about the soreness.
Stewart declined to comment about the injury yesterday.
The injury leaves the Bullets with 11 available players. Rookie Mitchell Butler was placed on the injured list on Dec. 20 with what team officials described as a sore wrist.
That move enabled the Bullets to activate Gheorghe Muresan, who had gone on the injured list on Dec. 9 for testing of his pituitary gland.
Butler is traveling with the team, but he must miss a minimum of five games while he is on the injured list, according to NBA rules. The earliest he can be activated is Dec. 30, when the Bullets play the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.