Sunday , Jun , 29 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Dwight Howard Suffering from Stress Fracture of Sternum


Dwight Howard was forced to sit out practice Saturday due to a stress fracture of his sternum, an injury he sustained during the Orlando Magic’s second round playoff loss to the Detroit Pistons.

"It’s a six to eight week recovery time, and this is the sixth week," said Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski, who expects Howard to be fully healed by the time the team reconvenes for training camp July 21.

Still, the injury is worrisome for the Americans, who are planning to go to Beijing with just three big men — Howard, Chris Bosh and Carlos Boozer.

[http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3465434]