Originally created 12/22/99

Spurs' Elliot hospitalized with flu



Forward Sean Elliott has been hospitalized with the flu, team doctors said.

Elliott, who underwent a kidney transplant last summer, was admitted this past weekend to Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. He is expected to be released today, said Dr. David Schmidt, the team doctor.

"It was purely a precautionary measure," he said. "When you are on those types of medications (to fight rejection of transplanted organs), it is a little more difficult for you to fight infection."

Elliott, who serves as a color commentator for Spurs telecasts, is not expected to return until the Jan. 5 home game against the Seattle SuperSonics.

He has said he is optimistic he will rejoin the team as a player.

SUNS:

After already missing eight games with a right foot injury, guard Penny Hardaway will be sidelined even longer.

Hardaway was placed on the injured list Tuesday on won't be eligible to come off until Jan. 4

Hardaway, suffering from plantar fasciaitis, has averaged 16.3 points, 4.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 6.1 rebounds in 15 games. The rebounding average is the highest of his career.

The Suns also activated guard Gerald Brown, who had been on the injured list with tendinitis in his left knee, and then waived him, leaving the active roster at 11 players.