Forward resting to allow scar tissue to heal

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Indiana Pacers forward Jonathan Bender is expected to be out six weeks with an injured left knee.

Bender will be out indefinitely to allow scar tissue to heal, the latest in a series of injuries.

"It's a hit for us, for sure," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said Friday night before facing the Detroit Pistons. "But right now, it's more important for the long term for our franchise that
Jonathan is healthy."

The Pacers will rest Bender to allow scar tissue to heal.

He played 11 minutes in Wednesday night's win over the Atlanta
, the first time he'd been on the court since the season
opener against Cleveland.

Bender has been plagued by the injury for years, missing huge
chunks of time, then coming back for a few games, only to miss more
"He needs to go through a period of rehab and conditioning,"
Carlisle said. "Right now, it's too much of a yo-yo, up-and-down
situation. We went through the same thing with his other knee last
The 7-foot, 235-pound forward has averaged 5.7 points and 2.2
rebounds during his first five seasons.