Washington's leading scorer, Jerry Stackhouse, will miss "at least a week," Coach Doug Collins said last night, leaving open the possibility that Stackhouse, who suffers from a pulled left groin, may not be back before the team's Jan. 22 game at New Orleans.
"He'll probably miss this whole [four-game] homestand," Collins said before the Wizards hosted the Toronto Raptors last night. "I know Jerry would like to play tonight, but he can't. His leg is really swollen. It's a gradual thing. I don't think it's something that was a one-shot deal. From what I understand, it just got progressively worse as time went on."
Stackhouse (22.5 points per game) said he would take the prognosis as day to day, but Collins said that unless Stackhouse makes a quick recovery, he isn't counting on the athletic swingman anytime soon.
Bryon Russell started in Stackhouse's place against the Raptors, but Collins said Russell's role as a starter could change.
Jeffries Will Have Surgery
Rookie Jared Jeffries, out since Dec. 22 with a torn right anterior cruciate knee ligament suffered in practice, will undergo surgery today. Jeffries, the No. 11 overall pick, will miss the rest of the season.
"They waited to have the surgery because there was no risk of doing further damage and I could get my knee strong, get my knee ready, so my rehab could possibly be shorter," Jeffries said. "It's the first time I've been put under of anything like that. I'm more nervous about being put under than I am about being cut on."
Jeffries plans to rehabilitate his injury in Washington during the season, then go to Sarasota, Fla., in the summer to get his leg in shape in time for mini-camp and summer league play. . . .
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