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Amid Tony Allen injury news, New Orleans Pelicans suddenly in need of healthy players again

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The Grindfather will be sidelined for a month with a leg injury, but others are ailing too.

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The hits keep coming for the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Pelicans announced today that Tony Allen will reportedly miss between three and four weeks due to a non-displaced left proximal fibula fracture. Allen’s leg collided with Philadelphia’s Amir Johnson in the first quarter of Sunday night’s win over the 76ers and he did not return after lasting just a minute into the game.

In 22 games off the bench, Allen was averaging four points and two rebounds in 12 minutes of action.

With Solomon Hill likely out until around the All-Star break, two of the Pelicans top perimeter defenders are now sidelined for an extended period of time.

Add to the mix Dante Cunningham is struggling with a balky right knee, Anthony Davis with his left abductor muscle and Jameer Nelson with a left ankle, New Orleans is down to eight healthy players on the roster and their two two-way players, Jalen Jones and Charles Cooke.

The lack of a healthy roster looked to be part of the reason New Orleans failed to hold onto a 13-point lead late in the third quarter against the Houston Rockets on Monday night. Hopefully, players like Davis, Cunningham and Nelson will be back sooner rather than later; otherwise, the front office may be forced to scour the free agent scene and the trade market.