Markieff Morris won't be available for the Wizards for six to eight weeks as he recovers from surgery to repair a sports hernia. He underwent the procedure today.
The team released the following statement with the news.
Wizards forward Markieff Morris underwent surgery today to repair a sports hernia. The procedure, which went as expected, was performed by Dr. Michael Brunt at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Center for Advanced Medicine in St. Louis, MO. Morris will begin the rehabilitation process immediately and is expected to miss approximately six to eight weeks.
Originally when the surgery was reported, Morris was expected to miss at least the beginning of Wizards training camp, which begins next week in Richmond, Va.
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The latest timeline, however, extends the forward's absence into the regular season, which begins in a little under four weeks on October 18.
Morris seems likely to miss the Wizards' first West Coast road trip, including the contest against the Warriors on October 27, and could be sidelined for the November 3 home game against the Cavaliers.
The Kansas product cemented himself as the starting power forward for the Wizards, averaging 14 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last season. The 28-year-old sets a physical tone on defense and brings a veteran presence to the locker room, as well.
Backup forward Jason Smith will likely get the most minutes filling in for Morris, but coach Scott Brooks could take a look at new addition Mike Scott or play Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre together more.