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BULLS LOSE ROBINSON TO INJURY

Eddie Robinson, the Chicago Bulls' big free-agent acquisition, has a fractured left big toe and could be out several weeks.

The 6-foot-9 forward isn't sure when the injury occurred, although the toe was bothering him in Friday's exhibition finale. He was examined after the game and the results came in Saturday.

More tests will be done today, but the team said surgery appears probable. If that's the case, Robinson could be out six to eight weeks.

"We are concerned, but we still want to wait until Monday until we say anything further," General Manager Jerry Krause said.

"Eddie arguably was our best player in the preseason," said guard Fred Hoiberg, whose minutes will increase if the tendinitis he's battling in his right knee allows it. "To lose a guy that brings that kind of scoring and that kind of athleticism every night is very tough.

Robinson signed a five-year, $31.2 million contract with the Bulls, coming over from Charlotte. He averaged nearly 14 points a game during the preseason.

Forward Ron Artest and guard Jamal Crawford also will be on the injured list when the Bulls open Wednesday night at home against Indiana.

Lynch sidelined

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- George Lynch, sent from Philadelphia to Charlotte in the Derrick Coleman trade, will have foot surgery Thursday and will be sidelined two to three months.

Lynch hurt his left foot in May in the playoffs and was operated on during the offseason. He has missed the entire preseason and doctors recommended more surgery for the forward when they examined him following the trade.

"We didn't know the extent of the injury, so it was hard to tell when he was going to be able to play," coach Paul Silas said. "Whenever he can play, he'll be a welcome addition.

"It's not quite the same as losing someone who had already worked his way in. It's just too bad that it happened and he has to go back into surgery."

The injury, known as a Jones fracture, is common among basketball players, Hornet team physician Glenn Perry said.

Lynch was the key acquisition in the multiplayer trade on Thursday that sent Coleman to Philadelphia. The Hornets got Lynch, Robert Traylor and Jerome Moiso from Philadelphia and Chris Porter from Golden State.

The trade was contingent on all eight players passing their physicals, which the Hornets said Lynch did.

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