Al Jefferson Injury: Updates on Hornets Star's Knee and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

Jan 31, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson (25) during the game against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Al Jefferson left the Charlotte Hornets' Monday matchup against the Chicago Bulls with a sore right knee. He is probable for the team's matchup against Washington on Friday.

Continue below for updates.

Jefferson Probable vs. Wizards

Thursday, March 26

The Hornets listed Jefferson as probable for their game against Washington on Friday.

According to the Hornets on March 23, Jefferson is dealing with a sore right knee. 

For the season Jefferson was averaging 17.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks 31.1 minutes of action a night heading into Monday. He only had three points and five rebounds in 20 minutes of play before exiting the Bulls' 98-86 win. 

Jefferson has fallen back to earth this year after a strong 2013-14 season. He averaged 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds last year and was the offensive spark for Charlotte's surprising push into the postseason.

Although Jefferson's numbers are down nearly across the board, the Hornets are still well within reach of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and he remains one of their tone-setters on offense.

The 30-year-old most recently suffered a calf injury in the middle of March. When the results of an MRI showed no structural damage, it was a disaster averted for Jefferson and the Hornets.

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There's no question that Jefferson is vitally important to Charlotte. Without him on the court, the Hornets would almost certainly drop in the standings.