Chicago Bulls Patrick Williams received unfortunate news as he is likely done for the remainder of the regular season. The team announced that the forward will undergo surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left wrist and will miss from four to six months. The news was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN.
Injury Update: Patrick Williams will undergo surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left wrist from an injury sustained in last night’s game vs. the New York Knicks. He is expected to miss approximately 4-6 months.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) October 29, 2021
Williams suffered the injury during Thursday’s loss against the New York Knicks in a drive to the basket and received a flagrant foul on a dunk attempt, landing on his left wrist. He later shot the free throws and stayed on the court for a couple of plays until he was subbed out and ruled out for the game.
Patrick Williams dunk attempt pic.twitter.com/qnBx85TtUr
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Chicago made big moves in free agency and started the season strong with a 4-0 start, the best one since the 96-97 season. The injury will hurt them, especially in the power forward position and their defensive rotation due to the versatility that Williams provides.
Following quote comes from Adrian Wojnarowski’s story on the injury:
“It’s going to be a challenge, there’s no question about it,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said after practice Friday. “We’re a little bit smaller at that position and we’ve played smaller there … but when you lose a guy like that that can guard a lot of different positions and has got the strength and size to deal with post-up players, like Patrick does, it definitely hurts.”