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Jason Smith out indefinitely with cartilage damage

Jan 10, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans center Jason Smith (14) reacts after a basket against the Dallas Mavericks during the second quarter of a game at New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The injury woes for the New Orleans Pelicans are only getting worse, as center Jason Smith is now added to the inactive list. An MRI on Saturday revealed that the team’s big man has suffered cartilage damage and is out indefinitely.

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that center Jason Smith will be out indefinitely with a right knee injury. An MRI revealed Smith suffered cartilage damage in his right knee. More details will be released as they become available.


As you can tell, the information is pretty scarce right now, but this doesn’t sound good. Very quickly, the 2013-14 campaign is going down the drain for the Pelicans, who hoped that last summer’s additions would propel the franchise back to the playoffs.

Hopefully Smith will avoid surgery, but in the meantime the Pelicans will have to manage without their starting center. Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson are also out indefinitely, but the team should be getting some reinforcements very soon as Tyreke Evans is working his way back from an injury.

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