Wizards’ Markieff Morris to Miss At Least 6 Weeks with Neck Problem

Markieff Morris in 2012. Image by Mwinog2777/Wikipedia

Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris will be sidelined for at least 6 weeks as he recovers from upper-back and neck stiffness, the team announced Thursday morning.

The 29-year-old missed the last three games due to the same injury. He got injured mid-December in the game versus the Los Angeles Lakers and hit again on Boxing Day as the team played Detroit. His MRI revealed he didn’t have any serious concerns close to the end of last year but has been limited in his basketball activities ever since.

Six weeks from now will be February 14, and the Wizards will have faced the Toronto Raptors a day before that. Of course, the forward could be allowed to play that game but only if the team will be satisfied by his recovery efforts.

But even if he doesn’t play against the Raptors, he will be set to play the Hornets when the league breaks for the All-Star game. The Wizards also have the option of trading him now that his contract is nearly up. But with his average of 11.5 points, it is uncertain many people will want him just before the playoffs begin.

At the moment, Washington depends on Thomas Bryant as their main player and a team that has been inconsistent at times.