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