Wizards forward Markieff Morris to miss at least 6 weeks with neck injury

Ryan YoungYahoo Sports Contributor
<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/teams/was" data-ylk="slk:Wizards">Wizards</a> forward <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/4894/" data-ylk="slk:Markieff Morris">Markieff Morris</a> will miss at least six weeks with neck and upper back stiffness, the team announced on Thursday. (AP/Duane Burleson)
Wizards forward Markieff Morris will miss at least six weeks with neck and upper back stiffness, the team announced on Thursday. (AP/Duane Burleson)

Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morriss will miss at least six weeks with an ongoing neck issue, the team announced on Thursday.

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Morris was diagnosed with transient cervical neuropraxia on Thursday, and is limited to non-contact basketball activities for six weeks. An initial MRI revealed no significant damage, which is what led him to see a specialist. The team expects him to be cleared and able to return to full basketball activities after the six weeks.

Morris has missed the Wizards’ past three games with the neck and upper back stiffness, an injury he first sustained after he was hit in the chin against the Los Angeles Lakers in December. Morris then reaggravated the injury against the Detroit Pistons on Dec. 26 — which was the last time he took the court.

The 29-year-old has averaged 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game so far this season for the Wizards, his eighth in the league. Washington is currently in 11th in the Eastern Conference standings, and has gone 4-6 in its past 10 games.

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