Cody Zeller Injury: Updates on Hornets Star's Shoulder and Return

Alec NathanFeatured Columnist

Jan 13, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller (40) warms up before the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports
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Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller suffered a shoulder injury against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Jan. 20. On Jan. 23, the team's public-relations department confirmed an MRI revealed a sprained ligament in his right shoulder. He had not played since, but is ready to make his return. 

Continue for updates. 

Zeller Active vs. Cavaliers

Wednesday, Feb. 3

The Hornets announced Zeller will play on Wednesday night against Cleveland.

Zeller Crucial to Hornets Frontcourt

With center Al Jefferson injured, Zeller has become the Hornets' de facto post presence, and has averaged 9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game this season. With a 49.6 shooting percentage, he's proven to be a solid, reliable weapon on the offensive end of the floor, capable of shooting out close to three-point range. 

While Zeller is hardly a star, the big-man-starved Hornets need his production in the lineup to find success.