- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 15, 2006

DALLAS — Washington Wizards forward Jarvis Hayes underwent successful kneecap surgery yesterday that in all likelihood will end his season prematurely for the second straight year.

The surgery, termed a success by the team, was to repair a broken right patella Hayes sustained against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first quarter of a Dec. 16 game in Los Angeles.

“I am obviously disappointed,” Hayes said. “I was looking forward to getting back on the floor with my teammates, but I’ve learned that this is the best way to get me back and ready to play. I’m going to work hard during the rehabilitation process, and I’m looking forward to rejoining the team.”

Hayes will be re-evaluated in six to eight weeks. No timetable for his return has been made public. Eight weeks from now, the Wizards will have just three games remaining in the regular season.

Hayes fractured the same knee and missed 27 regular-season games and all 10 postseason games last year. This season he appeared in 21 games but has missed the last 29.

In 24.6 minutes a game this season, Hayes averaged 9.3 points and 3.6 rebounds. The 10th overall pick out of Georgia in 2003, Hayes is signed through the end of next season.

“Jarvis is a big part of our team, and it is unfortunate that this injury hasn’t healed properly,” Wizards president of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld said. “After reviewing Jarvis’ progress, it was decided that the best course of action was to have the injury surgically repaired. We expect Jarvis to make a full recovery.”

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