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Kyrie Irving has cast removed

Updated: February 4, 2011, 6:01 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Duke freshman point guard Kyrie Irving had the cast removed from his right big toe Friday, two months after he damaged ligaments on a drive to the basket in a game against Butler.

A Duke spokesperson said the removal of Irving's cast will allow Duke's medical staff to start evaluating the player's progress. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said two weeks ago after a win at NC State that Irving probably would not return this season.

Irving tweeted Friday afternoon that the "Cast retired...now ...

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