Orlando Magic guard Jalen Suggs will reportedly miss between 4-6 weeks.
According to Dr. Tony Wanich, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at HSS Sports Medicine Institute in New York, it takes 2-4 weeks for a capsular tear to heal. Although it can take up to six weeks to recover from a fracture.
“The fun part is actually being guided by his cues,” explains Wanich. “With these types of injuries, the pain is achy and sore, but as soon as the pain subsides, he can actually start training and playing. Structurally everything is intact.
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After undergoing an MRI in Dallas on Friday night, the results revealed that guard Jalen Suggs suffered a capsular tear and bone fracture in his left knee.
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“If he was pain-free, he could play without worrying about any injuries,” Wanich continued. “He’s waiting for his symptoms to resolve.”
Suggs will likely miss the first nine games of the 2022-23 season as his return schedule is 4-6 weeks. If he does, the 21-year-old could make his season debut on Nov. 5 against the Sacramento Kings.
Magic guard Jalen Suggs could miss 4-6 weeks with a knee injury, with a possible return in early November.
In addition, the Magic are on a seven-game homestand from Nov. 3-16. With Suggs, the team finished 22-60 (.268) and was dead last in the Eastern Conference last season.
In other words, head coach Jamahl Mosley wants Suggs back on the court as soon as possible. During the 2021 NBA draft, the Magic selected the Gonzaga product fifth overall.
In 48 games as a starter last season, the guard averaged 11.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.2 steals. He also shot 36.1% from the field and 21.4% from 3-point range.
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In November 2021, Suggs suffered a right thumb injury. He has passed 20 games. After the season, the Magic guard underwent surgery to repair a minor stress fracture in his right ankle.
Asked about the knee injury on Sunday, Suggs said: “These things can go one of two ways — they can be very bad or they can be treatable.
“Thankfully, it was one of those really manageable things. We’ll see in a couple of days, reassess how we feel and then go from there. That’s all I’ve heard. I’m just trying to stay in a good mental place.”
Of course, the Magic open their season next Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons. From Little Caesars Arena, this match starts at 7 pm ET.