Time to hit the panic button already on this Miami Heat season? An MRI on Udonis Haslem's left foot has revealed torn ligaments meaning that the power forward will be out several weeks, perhaps even longer once more tests can be completed. The Heat were already at a disadvantage in rebounding and interior defense with a healthy Haslem, meaning that Pat Riley may have no choice but to cut one of the guards on the roster to make room for another big man. From Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel:
An MRI Sunday revealed that what initially was listed Saturday as a sprained left foot instead is a torn ligament in that foot. The team said Haslem would see a specialist Monday, at which time a more definitive timetable for the co-captain's absence might be announced. Haslem could be out until the mid-February All-Star break or potentially even longer, depending on surgical options. At a chartable event hosted Sunday by Heat forward Chris Bosh, Heat President Pat Riley did not rule out the possibility of Haslem missing the balance of the season, but said he doubted that would be the case.With Mike Miller out for at least one more month provided there aren't any setbacks, the Heat could ill-afford losing another primary member of the regular rotation but it happened anyway on a play near the rim against the Memphis Grizzlies' Zach Randolph. His absence was immediately felt as the Heat continuously gave up offensive rebounds and second-chance points to Randolph and Marc Gasol. As far as the Heat's other captain, Dwyane Wade's wrist continues to be diagnosed as a sprain and his status is day-to-day but it is difficult to envision him already re-joining the lineup in time for Monday's game against the Indiana Pacers. Options out there are limited but Erick Dampier still remains available and still remains the best available big man out there. In the meantime, extended minutes for Juwan Howard, Jamaal Magloire and former starter Joel Anthony will have to do for now. Will Dexter Pittman be freed?