Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, whose refusal to stand for the national anthem brought a suspension as well as death threats, was placed on the injured list by the Denver Nuggets on Thursday because of a sore left foot.
Abdul-Rauf, the team's leading scorer and playmaker, must miss at least five games. Coach Bernie Bickerstaff said he does not know how long the star guard will be sidelined.Abdul-Rauf did not accompany the Nuggets to Vancouver for Thursday night's game against the Grizzlies.
Denver will fill Abdul-Rauf's roster spot by signing veteran 5-foot-7 point guard Greg Grant, who played the final six weeks of last season for the Nuggets after Robert Pack was injured.
Grant will sign as soon as he arrives from Australia, where he was part of a touring team of former NBA players. He said he was told his contract is for the rest of the season.
Grant has played for five NBA teams in six seasons. He had 31 points and had 43 assists in 14 games for the Nuggets last season.
Abdul-Rauf hasn't played since he bruised his left foot March 21 against the New Jersey Nets.
He was sent back to Denver for the final two games of the team's recently completed six-game Eastern road trip, in part because of the media attention he attracted.
His refusal to stand during the anthem stemmed from his Islam faith, to which he converted in 1991. Once he reconsidered and said he would stand and pray during the anthem, the league lifted his suspension.