Jul 14, 2010 1:45 AM

Nuggets' Butch has surgery

DENVER (AP) - The Denver Nuggets say center Brian Butch has undergone surgery to fix a ruptured left patella tendon.

Butch injured his knee in a summer league game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. He was leading the team in blocked shots before the injury, averaging 1.5 a game.

Lately, the Nuggets have been besieged by knee injuries. Forward Chris "Birdman" Andersen underwent surgery in May to fix a partially torn patella tendon in his right knee, while forward Kenyon Martin had his left knee repaired.

A timetable for Butch's return isn't known.

The 25-year-old Butch was signed by Denver last April.

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