This was posted on the Houston Chronicle site about 8 minutes ago (8:22pm Central):
Rockets center Yao Ming was ruled out for the remainder of the sesaon after a hairline fracture was found in his left foot Saturday evening.
The Rockets had hopes he could play Sunday in game 4 in their series against the Los Angeles Lakers, but additional diagnostic tests found the fracture.
The hairline fracture will not require surgery but will require an eight-to-12 week rehabilition. This is the third consecutive year that Yao’s season was interrupted or ended by a fracture of a bone.
“Yao Ming had an initial test taken in the early morning hours on Saturday following the game,” said Rockets team physician Tom Clanton in a press release. “The original diagnosis of the left ankle sprain was based on the results of that test. Further diagnostic procedures performed later in the day revealed a hairline fracture on the top of his left foot. In order for the bone to heal properly, Yao will need to immobilize the foot by wearing a walking boot. No surgery is required and he should be able to resume his regular workout routine sometime between the next eight to 12 weeks.”