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T.J. Ford will not play this season

MILWAUKEE, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Milwaukee Bucks guard T.J. Ford will miss the entire 2004-05 season because of a spinal bruise, General Manager Larry Harris announced Thursday.

Ford, a first-round draft pick in 2003, was injured in a game against Minnesota Feb. 24, 2004, and has been on the injured list ever since.

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Harris said team physicians and medical specialists were consulted regularly on Ford's condition.

"Despite making progress with his recovery, T.J. Ford will not play this season," Harris said. "His spinal cord bruise continues to improve, but has not healed enough to allow him to play. In the meantime, T.J will continue his rehabilitation and will participate in non-basketball activities with the team."

"I'll continue to follow the direction from the doctors and the staff to help me reach my goal," Ford said.

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