Washington, DC (Sports Network) - The Washington Wizards announced Wednesday that center Emeka Okafor will be out indefinitely after being diagnosed with a herniated C4 cervical disc.
"I have worked hard over the summer and was looking forward to the start of training camp next week, so this is a disappointing and frustrating situation for me," said Okafor. "But I have confidence that my teammates and coaches will be able to continue to take steps towards our goal of making the playoffs and that I will be able to do my part to help them once I return."
After consulting with several specialists and the team doctors, Okafor will begin rehabilitation to reduce the inflammation and correct the injury. The herniated disc was originally revealed through an MRI after Okafor experienced discomfort in his neck.
Okafor averaged 9.7 points and 8.8 rebounds in 79 games for the Wizards last season.