The Wizards announced Thursday that Markieff Morris will miss at least 6 weeks after a specialist diagnosed him with transient cervical neuropraxia. 

The team statement followed a consultation with a specialist this week. 

After consultation between Dr. Dossett and Wizards Director of Medical Services and Orthopedist Dr. Wiemi Douoguih, Morris has been diagnosed with transient cervical neuropraxia. He will be limited to non-contact basketball activities for the next six weeks, after which he is expected to be cleared to return to full basketball activities.

Once cleared for full basketball activities, he should be able to return to practice with the team and work his way back to playing in games. 

Morris has suffered neck and upper back stiffness since taking an elbow to the chin from LeBron James on the Wizards' December 16 win over the Lakers. 

Washington is already besieged by injuries to core players, having lost All-Star John Wall for the season to heel surgery.

Projected starting center Dwight Howard is out indefinitely after back surgery, as well. Otto Porter is working his way back from a knee strain and returned Wednesday against the Hawks in limited minutes. 

Morris has been productive for the Wizards since transitioning to a bench role. Overall, he has averaged 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game this season. 

In a moment of irony, Morris' twin brother Marcus is also dealing with neck soreness at present. 

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