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Chicago Bulls expect Wendell Carter Jr. to miss 8-12 weeks with thumb injury

Bulls’ Carter likely out 8 to 12 weeks with thumb injury

Chicago Bulls forward Wendell Carter Jr. dunks against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Dec. 26 at the United Center.
Chicago Bulls forward Wendell Carter Jr. dunks against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Dec. 26 at the United Center.

CHICAGO – The Bulls expect prized rookie center Wendell Carter Jr. to miss eight to 12 weeks because of a left thumb injury.

The team said Friday that surgery has been recommended for Carter, who was hurt Tuesday against the Lakers.

The injury initially was diagnosed as a sprain, but more tests and a follow-up examination with Bulls hand specialists Drs. John Fernandez and Mark Cohen on Friday revealed it was more serious and potentially season-ending.

The No. 7 overall draft pick, Carter averages 10.3 points and seven rebounds.

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