- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 20, 2005

SEATTLE — For the second time in as many seasons, Washington Wizards guard Jarvis Hayes has broken his right kneecap, an injury that will keep him out indefinitely.

“It is unfortunate that Jarvis sustained this injury,” Wizards president of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld said. “I know he is very frustrated, and we share in Jarvis’ disappointment.”

Hayes received the bad news yesterday after being flown home from Los Angeles on Saturday. According to a Wizards spokesman, the severity of the injury isn’t known, but it will be at least a month before the team re-evaluates his knee.

The break is not believed to be in the same spot as the one that caused him to miss the team’s final 28 games and its run into the conference semifinals last season, the spokesman said.

The Wizards exercised caution regarding Hayes’ return from that injury even during the preseason. He played in just two of a possible eight preseason games as a precaution.

Through 21 regular-season games, Hayes hadn’t expressed much concern about the knee, saying he was mostly pain-free. That all came to an end in Los Angeles on Friday night, when Hayes was removed from the game less than five minutes into the Wizards’ 97-91 loss to the Lakers.

Before he went down, Hayes had averaged 9.3 points a game and was starting to find his rhythm. He scored 19 points against New Jersey a week ago today, when he made seven of 12 shots, including four of five from behind the 3-point line.

Hayes, who had started 13 games this season after replacing Antonio Daniels, was unavailable for comment. However, as he made his way to the team bus following Friday’s game, just hours before boarding the plane back to Washington, he was clearly upset.

“I can’t really describe it. It’s disappointing,” Hayes said. “I bumped it a little bit, and it’s pretty painful. All we can do is hope for the best at this point.”

Daniels and Gilbert Arenas were the starting guards for last night’s game in Seattle.



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