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Williams out 4-6 months with torn Achilles' tendon

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -Carolina Hurricanes right wing Justin Williams could miss up to six months after tearing his Achilles' tendon on Wednesday.

General manager Jim Rutherford said Williams will have surgery this week and is expected to miss at least four months.

The 26-year-old Williams - one of the team's most durable players, and a key member of the No. 1 line that also includes star center Eric Staal and left wing Ray Whitney - already was coming back from knee surgery that cost him 43 games last season.

A torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in December halted a string of 205 consecutive games played since March 2004, the fourth-longest streak in franchise history.

He finished last season with nine goals and 21 assists.

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