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Brendan Haywood Out 3 Months

Feb 09, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Charlotte Bobcats center Brendan Haywood (33) during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Bobcats 87-76. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

After another awful season last year, the Charlotte Bobcats have a few sources of hope for this season in free agent signing Al Jefferson and the up-and-coming Kemba Walker. Just one preseason game into the 2013-2014 season, however, the Bobcats have already received their first piece of bad news.

According to a release on their website this morning, center Brendan Haywood will be out for 3 months after suffering a foot injury.

“The Charlotte Bobcats announced today that center Brendan Haywood is expected to miss at least 12 weeks after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left foot that will require surgery.”

“An MRI and CT scan yesterday ordered by foot specialist Dr. Bob Anderson revealed the stress fracture in the navicular bone. Haywood will undergo surgery to place two screws in the bone to reinforce the stress fracture and help it to heal. Following 12 weeks of immobilization, he will undergo a follow-up CT scan to determine his return to normal activities.”

Last year with the Bobcats, Haywood averaged just 3.5 points and 4.8 rebounds, but he provides good size down low at 7 feet tall and 260 pounds. His absence will be greatly felt by the Bobcats, as they are thin upfront.

Without Haywood around for a few months, Bismack Biyombo should see an increase in minutes. Going into his third season, this can be a huge opportunity for Biyombo to step up and show that he belongs in the league. In his short career, the 21-year old from the Democratic Republic of the Congo has averaged just 5 points and 6.6 rebounds a night.

jmaloney