George, a top reserve averaging 6.5 points, is expected to be out for at least a week because of a sore left foot. He scored four points in 13 minutes against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday night, when the Lakers lost for the fifth time in six games.
Starting forward Kwame Brown strained his right hamstring Friday night and isn't expected to return until early December. Reserve forward Slava Medvedenko is out for at least another month because of a herniated disc, and Luke Walton, another backup forward, hasn't played this season due to hamstring and hip injuries.
Walton hopes to play Thursday night when the Lakers return to action against the Seattle SuperSonics or Sunday night against New Jersey.