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Lakers' Kobe Bryant has torn rotator cuff; severity to be determined
Lakers' Kobe Bryant has torn rotator cuff; severity to be determined

The Lakers' lost season took another directionless turn Thursday when preliminary results of an MRI exam showed a torn rotator cuff in Kobe Bryant's right shoulder. Team officials declined to say how long Bryant would be sidelined until he could be reevaluated Friday in Los Angeles, though the injury has the potential to end his season. The severity of the tear will determine Bryant's next course of action. He probably needs season-ending surgery if it is a full tear, according to sports-medicine specialists, who were speaking in general terms about rotator cuff injuries. If it is only a partial tear, Bryant might be able to return to action in a matter of weeks...

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