CLEVELAND, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers placed starting center Michael Doleac on the injured list Saturday, one day after an examination revealed a stress fracture in his left ankle.
The 6-11 Doleac had missed the last four games with the injury. He will be in a cast for two weeks, followed by a week in a walking boot. Once the boot is removed, he is expected to need three weeks of rehabilitation.
Doleac is the third center on the Cavaliers to be sidelined by foot or ankle problems. Zydrunas Ilgauskas is out while recovering from a broken foot and rookie teenager DeSagana Diop missed all of training camp due to a stress fracture in his foot.
In his fourth NBA season and first with the Cavs, Doleac started the first 12 games this season, averaging 7.2 poings and 6.3 rebounds. He has career averages of 6.6 points and 3.8 rebounds in 219 games.