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Napier Undergoes Surgery

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Shabazz Napier (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images Sport)

Shabazz Napier (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images Sport)

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UConn says junior guard Shabazz Napier had surgery for a stress fracture Friday and will be in a walking boot for several weeks.  He’s expected to be ready to play by the time official practices begin Oct. 13.

The athetic department says more conservative treatment did not improve Napier’s condition, so the decision was made for what’s called a “right fifth metatarsal internal fixation,”  essentially insertion of a screw to promote healing of the fracture.

The injury was the reason Napier left the Puerto Rican National Team this summer.

Napier played in all 34 UConn games last season, starting 31 of them, and averaging 13 points, 5.8 assists, and 35 minutes per game.

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