Okafor could be out for a while; Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Emeka Okafor has herniated disk in neck

According to Wizards.com, Emeka Okafor has been diagnosed with a herniated disk in his neck:

 Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today 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.

Although no timetable has been set for his return, it should be expected that he will miss time. This is a blow for a Washington team who has a real chance to snag one of the last playoff spots. Okafor is a veteran big man that was solid for the Wizards last year, averaging 9.7 points and 8.8 rebounds last season. This means we will see a lot more of Kevin Seraphin, who is polarizing. Some like Seraphin, some don’t, but none of that matters now. Enter the year of the Seraphin


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  • Adam Banig

    It’s official. If you didn’t know before, you know now- Washington DC sports is cursed!

    From the Caps fading for three decades when they looked like they should have won a cup or 2 by now.

    To the Redskins constantly trying to build a winner, only to do it on paper and fail time after time.

    To getting Rg3 and then have him tear a knee ligament and need to have one repaired.

    To the nationals looking like a World Series team on paper only to struggle till the least 1/4 of the season and probably not make the playoffs.

    Then there’s the wizards. Constantly have things not go well. Top draft picks don’t work out for the past 30 years, trades to get upgrades in positions don’t work. Their top picks get injured and then now a key cog like Okafor gets injured- last year it was Nene and Wall.

    What must DC do to get a consistent winner?