- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 18, 2008

GILBERT ARENAS INJURY TIMELINE

April 4, 2007 - Arenas tears the lateral meniscus in his left knee in a 108-100 loss to Charlotte and has season-ending surgery.

Oct. 31, 2007 - Arenas - after rigorously rehabbing his knee - returns to action with a 34-point effort in a season-opening 119-110 loss to Indiana.

Nov. 21, 2007 - Arenas undergoes a second surgery to repair a partial meniscus tear in the same knee - believed to be caused by overstrenuous rehabilitation from the first surgery - and is expected to miss three months of action.


April 2, 2008 - Arenas returns with 17 points off the bench, but the Wizards fall 110-109 to the Milwaukee Bucks.

April 12, 2008 - Arenas has his best game since returning, scoring 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Wizards over the 76ers 109-93.

April 30, 2008 - Arenas announces before Game 5 of the Wizards’ playoff series with Cleveland that he is done for the season after his knee fails to respond positively. He expects a summer of rest to cure the pain and discomfort hobbling him.

June 10, 2008 - Despite an injury-plagued year, Arenas opts out of the final season of his $65 million contract in search of a max deal worth up to $127 million.

July 3, 2008 - Arenas agrees to a six-year contract from the Wizards worth $111 million. The Wizards offer the max, but Arenas “leaves $16 million on the table” to help the team.

Sept. 17, 2008 - Arenas has his surgically repaired knee operated on a third time, this time to remove lingering debris, which has caused continual pain and discomfort. He will miss all of training camp and at least the first month of the coming season.