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From the Strib:

Seimone Augustus was absent from the first Lynx practice on Sunday at Lifetime Fitness at Target Center. Not a good sign.

Candice Wiggins, another veteran guard, was sitting on the base of one basketball stanchion. She was in uniform and shot free throws, but otherwise just watched. Oh-oh.

On a day that should have been filled with hope and excitement as first-year coach Cheryl Reeve ran the team through drills, there was startling Lynx news instead.

Both Augustus and Wiggins, two of the team's best players, probably will miss all three weeks of training camp and the early part of the season at least.

Augustus underwent surgery Saturday at an undisclosed metro-area hospital to remove increasingly painful fibroids from her abdomen. Fibroids are the most common benign tumors for females.

Lynx officials expect Augustus to be out longer than Wiggins, who will have arthroscopic surgery on her right knee Tuesday. A small tear of the meniscus, revealed in a magnetic resonance imaging scan Saturday, will be repaired. Wiggins, who had been playing overseas in Greece, is expected to miss four weeks.

Here's hoping for the best and that both players have a full and speedy recovery.