Turiaf Out Indefinitely With Elbow Injury

Created: 11/02/2013 4:20 PM KSTP.com

Minnesota Timberwolves' Ronny Turiaf, right, and Philadelphia 76ers' Michael Carter-Williams fight for the ball in the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.
Minnesota Timberwolves' Ronny Turiaf, right, and Philadelphia 76ers' Michael Carter-Williams fight for the ball in the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.
Photo: Photo: AP/Laurence Kesterson

Minnesota Timberwolves center Ronny Turiaf is out indefinitely with a fractured right elbow.

Turiaf was injured Friday night in Minnesota's victory over Oklahoma City when he took a nasty spill after getting tangled up with Nick Collison. The Wolves initially called it a contusion. But an MRI on Saturday revealed the fracture.

Turiaf will not need surgery. But the team says he will be re-evaluated next week before they can determine how long he will be out. It's likely to be at least a few weeks, which puts a dent in the Timberwolves' frontcourt depth.

Turiaf was signed to back up Nikola Pekovic. Now rookie Gorgui Dieng will see his playing time increase while Turiaf is out.

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