Update (Dec. 11, 2017):
Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller will undergo surgery to repair his torn meniscus and is expected to miss six weeks, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on Tuesday, league sources tell ESPN. He's expected to miss six weeks.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 11, 2017
Original Story (Dec. 7, 2017) Follows:
Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller is out indefinitely after tearing his meniscus, the Hornets announced via Twitter:
INJURY UPDATE:@CodyZeller suffered torn medial meniscus in left knee – listed as OUT indefinitely.@FSKPart3 suffered sprained right ankle – listed as OUT for tomorrow’s game, moving forward on a game-by-game basis.
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) December 7, 2017
The injury occurred with 49 seconds left in the third quarter of the Hornets’ game against Golden State on Wednesday.
Last season for the Hornets, Zeller played a massive role, starting in 58 of the 62 games in which he appeared. He averaged 10.3 points and 6.5 rebounds in 27.8 minutes per game.
This offseason, however, the Hornets acquired center Dwight Howard. With the addition of Howard, Zeller has been coming off the bench.
This year, Zeller’s role has been fairly large, though not as large as it was last season. This season, he’s played 19.9 minutes per game and averaged 7.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and a career-high 1.1 blocks per game.
This one hasn’t been a good season for the Hornets. They’re just 9-14, and losing Zeller is a tough blow. With him gone, their only backup big men are Frank Kaminsky and Johnny O’Bryant.