Carter underwent successful surgery Monday to repair the ulnar collateral ligament of his left thumb.
The surgery was performed by Dr. John Fernandez and is expected to keep Carter sidelined for 8-to-12 weeks. A more concrete return date should come into focus as Carter progresses in his recovery, but it's possible that the rookie doesn't return before the end of the season. With Carter on the shelf, Bobby Portis and Robin Lopez should continue to cover the bulk of minutes at center, while Cristiano Felicio could also enter the fold, especially in the event Lopez is traded or bought out.
Carter is slated to undergo surgery Monday to repair his left thumb, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Charania relays that Carter will be sidelined up to three months following the procedure, which essentially matches the 8-to-12-week recovery timeline that surfaced Friday after the big man met with a specialist. The Bulls should be able to pinpoint a more accurate return date for Carter a few weeks after the surgery, but if the three-month timeline proves realistic, it would likely spell an end to his rookie campaign. Bobby Portis and Robin Lopez have covered the bulk of the center minutes for the first two games of Carter's absence, but Cristiano Felicio could enter the picture at the position in the event Lopez is traded prior to the Feb. 7 deadline or bought out of his contract shortly thereafter.
Carter is expected to undergo surgery on his injured left thumb and will be out for 8-to-12 weeks following the procedure.
After the Bulls went back and forth on the health of Carter, the team's hand specialists have recommended that the rookie big man has surgery on the sprained thumb he hurt three days ago in Los Angeles. Carter can technically still opt to not have surgery, but K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that all signs are pointing to the big man electing to undergo the procedure. With Carter set to miss at least two months, Bobby Portis and Robin Lopez are in line to see the biggest bump in minutes. Portis entered the starting lineup in Carter's absence Thursday night against the Nuggets.
Carter (thumb) saw a specialist for his injury Friday morning and results are expected later in the day, Mike McGraw of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
It seemed like the Bulls may have been out of the woods after Carter's MRI came back clean, but there still seems to be some hesitation about throwing him back out into games soon. To clear things up, the rookie has seen a specialist, and we're expected to learn more about his condition later Friday.
Carter (thumb) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Nuggets, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
As expected, Carter will miss his first game of the season as he nurses a sprained left thumb. Fortunately, the big man avoided a more serious injury and is being considered day-to-day, with his next chance to play coming Saturday against the Heat. Look for his status to clear up closer to game-time.
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