Ryan Anderson Injury: Updates on Pelicans Forward's Groin and Return

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson (33) reacts after scoring a three-point basket in front of Orlando Magic forward Jason Smith (14) and forward Tobias Harris (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson has been out since March 20 as he nurses a sports hernia, and he could face surgery to repair it. It is unclear when he'll return to the court.

Continue for updates.

Latest on Anderson's Status

Tuesday, April 5

Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the doctor Anderson visited in Philadelphia recommended surgery for the forward.

Anderson Out vs. Nuggets

Thursday, March 31

Anderson will not be available Thursday against the Denver Nuggets, according to Brett Dawson of the Advocate

Anderson Injury Further Cripples Pelicans' Frontcourt Depth

Anderson's battled injuries the past few seasons, depriving the Pelicans of watching their offense operate at full strength for extended stretches. 

A season-ending neck injury cut Anderson's 2013-14 season short after 22 appearances, and although he returned for the start of the following campaign, the stretch 4 missed 21 games due to an MCL sprain during the 2014-15 season. 

This season, Anderson's averaging 17.0 points on 42.7 percent shooting from the field and 36.6 percent shooting from three. 

New Orleans is now pressed for depth at the 4 with Anthony Davis also out due to left knee and shoulder injuries, but Dante Cunningham isn't a bad substitute option. Possessing a decent mid-range jump shot and good quickness, Cunningham's capable of filling the void if the groin injury doesn't hamper Anderson for too long.