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Monday, February 6, 2012
Brooks out until at least Sunday

By Mike Mazzeo

NEWARK, N.J . -- New Jersey Nets rookie shooting guard MarShon Brooks, who has missed the last four games with a broken pinky toe on his right foot, will be out until at least Sunday, the team announced. The team said it would update the media on Brooks’ status on Sunday.

“The swelling’s going down, but there’s still some soreness and it’s still tender,” said Brooks, who doesn’t know when he’ll be back.

Brooks said the tentative plan is for him to do some shooting on Monday and then see how he feels. He added that he’s been able to run and jump since last week. The 23-year-old is averaging 14.8 points per game.

The team also announced that center Mehmet Okur, who has missed the last six games with soreness in his lower back, will visit the doctor and undergo another procedure.The team will update the media on Okur’s status on Sunday.

The Nets will have just nine healthy players for Monday night’s matchup against the Chicago Bulls because shooting guard Anthony Morrow is away from the team due to the death of his grandmother. Morrow said he will be back on Tuesday following her funeral.

There is still no timetable on when center Brook Lopez (right foot fracture) will be back. The team has been updating the media on Lopez’s status every Friday. It has been over six weeks since Lopez underwent surgery on Dec. 23 to repair his foot. The team’s projected timetable on Lopez’s return has been six-to-eight weeks.

Small forward DeShawn Stevenson (sore right) knee remains out until at least Feb. 14.