The Washington Times - January 13, 2009, 04:03PM

Another one bites the dust.



The Washington Wizards today that backup center Etan Thomas has a torn MCL in his left knee and that he will be out indefinitely. Thomas suffered the injury in the first quarter of last night’s game but the word was that it was just a strain. Tests were performed today, however, and revealed the extent of the damage.


The Wizards said in a statement that Thomas will be re-evaluated in two weeks, but the recovery process for such an injury, which usually requires surgery, normally requires three to four months to fully heal.


Thomas, who missed all of last season while recovering from surgery to repair a leaky aortic valve had seen his minutes go up and down. Since starting the first seven games of the season, he had been relegated to the bench and he was averaging just 3.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in just more than 11 minutes a night.


With Thomas out, that leaves the Wizards with only one healthy true center — rookie JaVale McGee. Andray Blatche is doing a solid job as the team’s starter, but with Thomas out, it should further open up playing time for McGee, and now possibly the seldom-used Oleksiy Pecherov, although Pesh game is suited for playing on the perimeter.