Nuggets’ Gary Harris out 4-6 weeks with groin injury

Harris’ absence will free up minutes in a crowded Nuggets’ backcourt.

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Shooting guard Gary Harris at the Denver Nuggets press day, Sept. 26, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Gary Harris will miss four to six weeks with a groin injury. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Nuggets starting shooting guard Gary Harris is out four to six weeks with a groin injury he sustained in Denver’s preseason win over Toronto on Tuesday.

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical broke the news Wednesday night.

An MRI revealed a partial tear in the right groin, according to Wojnarowski.

Harris’ absence will free up minutes in a crowded Nuggets’ backcourt. Veteran guard Will Barton, No. 7 pick Jamal Murray and No. 19 pick Malik Beasley will compete for the additional playing time.

Harris is entering his third season. He was much improved last year, averaging 12.3 points on 46.9 shooting, including 35.4 percent from 3. It’s unclear if he’ll be available for Denver’s Oct. 26 season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans.