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Morning Update: Bulls, Blackhawks begin respective trips on different notes

Morning Update: Bulls, Blackhawks begin respective trips on different notes

Check out the top headlines in the Chicago sports world with today's edition of the Morning Update.

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Wendell Carter Jr. could be out 8-to-12 weeks after surgery

Wendell Carter Jr. could be out 8-to-12 weeks after surgery

In the first part of the season, the Bulls were overwhelmed with injuries. It now appears the team has been dealt a massive injury blow.

Rookie center Wendell Carter Jr.'s left thumb injury is severe enough that surgery is recommended for Carter. If he has surgery, the Bulls said in a press release he is expected to miss 8-to-12 weeks.

Carter suffered the injury Tuesday at the Lakers. An MRI on Wednesday showed a sprain and further tests from team specialists resulted in the recommendation.

If Carter is out for 12 weeks, he could miss the rest of the season. The 19-year-old has been a bright spot for the Bulls this season, averaging 10.3 points and 7 rebounds per game while shooting 48.5 percent from the field.

Carter losing development time in a season where the Bulls are primarily focusing on trying to develop their young core is a blow to a rebuilding effort. The Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson said Carter could still opt out of surgery and try to play through the injury.

Johnson followed up with a source saying surgery is "almost certainly" the plan.

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Wendell Carter Jr. may need surgery on injured thumb after all

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Wendell Carter Jr. may need surgery on injured thumb after all

From potentially bad to dodging a bullet to potentially bad again.

Wendell Carter's left thumb has been through a handful of diagnoses the past few days, and the latest update from Chicago Tribune Bulls reporter K.C. Johnson is that the 19-year-old rookie now may need surgery after all.

According to Johnson, a follow-up examination on Friday "revealed ligament damage that might require surgery."

An MRI on Wednesday in which the Bulls were reportedly fearing the worst allowed the Bulls a brief sigh of relief when the ligament was shown to be intact. But according to Johnson, Friday's examination showed something different, and it could mean an extended absence for the Bulls' starting center.

Carter missed his first career game Thursday's game against the Nuggets, and while he's likely out Saturday against the Heat, Johnson also reports that Carter is "considering his options, and it's not certain he'll need surgery or how long he'll be sidelined."

Bobby Portis replaced Carter on Thursday and struggled mightily in his first start since November, when he was filling in for an injured Lauri Markkanen. Portis had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds but shot just 4 of 13 in 28 minutes.

Carter would join the laundry list of Bulls players who have suffered significant injuries this season. Denzel Valentine, Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Markkanen and Portis have all had extended absences with various injuries. It looks like Carter might be the next one added to that list for the 10-35 Bulls.