Zeller underwent surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his left knee Tuesday and is expected to miss six weeks, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Zeller is set to remain sidelined for roughly a month and a half, which would put a potential return at the end of January. That will ultimately depend on how the recovery process goes, so look for updates to provided along the way. With Zeller out for the foreseeable future, Dwight Howard should get the bulk of the center workload, while Frank Kaminsky and Johnny O'Bryant also see added minutes off the bench in the frontcourt.
Zeller has been diagnosed with a torn medial meniscus in his left knee and is out indefinitely.
Zeller suffered the injury during Wednesday's game against the Warriors. It was originally being labeled a strain, but tests have revealed a more serious injury. Zeller's role has taken a hit this season with the arrival of Dwight Howard, who plays the same position as Zeller. But, he still has garnered 19.9 minutes per game, meaning the Hornets will have to significantly adjust their rotation. In Zeller's stead, more minutes will likely be given to the likes of Frank Kaminsky and Johnny O'Bryant. Treveon Graham could see a bump in workload as well, though probably won't have much, if any, fantasy relevance. There is still no word on if Zeller will opt to get surgery, but that would certainly extend his already vague timetable for a return.
Zeller scored 12 points (4-6 FG, 4-4 FT) while adding five rebounds, two steals, two blocks and an assist in 31 minutes off the bench during Friday's 105-100 loss to the Heat.
The court time was a season high for the 25-year-old, thanks to a rough night for Dwight Howard that included five fouls and nine turnovers in only 17 minutes, and Zeller responded with solid numbers. Unless Howard gets hurt or traded, however, Zeller's workload won't be consistent enough to make him rosterable in most fantasy formats.
Zeller recorded 16 points (6-8 FG, 4-7 FT), nine rebounds, and one blocked shot across 22 minutes in Sunday's 112-94 loss to the Timberwolves.
Zeller wasted no time in his return from injury, making a case for minutes right away. Zeller's role has been somewhat in question as the Hornets brought in Dwight Howard and have been using Frank Kaminsky extensively in Zeller's absence. It will take some time for Zeller to wriggle his way back into the rotation. It's too soon to tell if Zeller can be a consistent fantasy presence, but he's certainly worth stashing after this impressive 2017 debut.
Zeller (knee) will return to action Sunday against Orlando, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Zeller has missed the last four contests, including Friday's matchup with the Rockets, due to a bone bruise on his right knee, but all indications at this point are that he'll have a good chance to get back on the floor Sunday. Assuming that's the case, Zeller would step back into his usual role as the primary backup to Dwight Howard at center.
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