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Ryan Kelly injury: Duke senior reportedly projected to miss 2-4 weeks

One of the nation's best three point shooters could be on the sidelines for nearly a month.


Foot injuries continue to be a problem for Duke Blue Devils senior forward Ryan Kelly. The lights out shooter from beyond the arc will reportedly miss at least two weeks with an injury to his right foot. The school is hopeful Kelly will only miss a couple weeks but the injury could keep him out for up to four weeks.

Kelly injured the foot against the Clemson Tigers on Tuesday and the earliest the senior would return would be Jan. 23 against the Miami Hurricanes. Kelly suffered an injury to the same foot in December but was able to play through it. He also dealt with a similar issue that kept him out of the ACC and NCAA Tournament last season.

The loss of Kelly will hurt the Blue Devils the most on the perimeter. Kelly led the team in three point shooting percentage at 52.1 percent on the season, good enough for 12th best in the country. The senior is also the team's third leading scorer, averaging 13.4 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per contest.

Duke still has a number of good three point shooters available including Quinn Cook and Seth Curry. Josh Hairston figures to get more time off the bench while Kelly recovers from the injury. He's played in every game this season, averaging 11.3 minutes off the bench. Amile Jefferson and Alex Murphy will likely see more time with Kelly's injury as well.