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Devin Ebanks says he fractured his left leg by falling into a chair

March 4, 2011 |  7:28 pm

In what he called a "freak accident," Lakers rookie forward Devin Ebanks said he suffered a stress fracture in his left leg during a practice in Memphis three weeks ago.

"We were playing a three-on-three game and I stepped back and fell into a chair," Ebanks said. "The chair got me."

Ebanks played through the pain, participating in practices and even playing in four games since then. The pain, however, became so overwhelming during practice Thursday that he had trouble jumping and running.

"I was running down the court and I thought, 'I can't do it,'" Ebanks said of his injury, which Lakers Coach Phil Jackson originally thought happened during a morning shoot-around Feb. 10 in Boston. 

Ebanks will be sidelined for at least the next nine games. He plans to travel with the team on its four-game trip, which includes stops in San Antonio (Sunday), Atlanta (Tuesday), Miami (Thursday) and Dallas (Saturday). He has been instructed to limit his movement, but he's allowed to work on shooting drills so long as he remains stationary.

"It was very noticeable when I played," said Ebanks, who has been used sparingly off the bench, appearing in 20 games and averaging 3.1 points and 1.4 rebounds in 5.9 minutes. "But it wasn't noticeable enough for me to sit out. But yesterday in practice I couldn't run and jump like I usually do."

---Mark Medina

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