Originally created 01/10/01

Elliott sidelined by shoulder injury



SAN ANTONIO -- Sean Elliott of the San Antonio Spurs, who came back from a kidney transplant, was forced out of the San Antonio Spurs lineup Tuesday because of a shoulder injury.

Elliott hurt his right shoulder in the second quarter of Saturday's win over Detroit when Pistons center Ben Wallace blocked his dunk attempt. Elliott left the game about four minutes later but returned to start the second half. He reaggravated the injury in the fourth quarter.

The Spurs said that Elliott had a small rotator cuff tear.

He was to miss Tuesday night's game at Orlando, and it was not certain whether he'd be ready to play at Detroit on Friday.

"We just have to wait and see what his shoulder is like," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "But he's not going to come back quickly, I don't think."

"I don't know how fast it will get better," said Elliott, who received a kidney transplant from his brother in August, 1999.

Malik Rose, who sat out Saturday's game with a sore right hip, also stayed behind when the Spurs left for Orlando.

The team activated guard Jaren Jackson.