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Donovan Mitchell’s latest injury update should have Jazz fans worried

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The Utah Jazz have seen themselves tumble down the Western Conference standings of late, having lost 11 of their past 13 games. Of course, much of the reason for their struggles has been the absence of star players Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, both of whom have been sidelined during the team’s poor run of form. Mitchell has been nursing a concussion he sustained on Jan. 17 during the Jazz’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. The team provided an update of sorts on Mitchell’s status, but it doesn’t seem as if their star scorer is progressing well towards a return. Per Tony Jones, Mitchell met with a specialist on Tuesday regarding his lingering concussion symptoms.

In addition to visiting a specialist Tuesday, Mitchell did not practice with the team as he continues to nurse his head injury. The 25-year-old has missed the past seven games for the Jazz and it seems unlikely he’ll be available on Wednesday when Utah hosts the Denver Nuggets.

Mitchell has missed a total of 11 games for the Jazz this year, though none of his absences have been as crippling for the team as this one. Currently mired in a five-game losing streak, the Jazz have slipped into fourth place in the West at 30-21.

On the year, Mitchell is posting season averages of 25.5 points, 5.2 assists, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.6 steals. He’s shooting at a career-best 45% from the field, in addition to 33.9% from 3-point range.

It’s unclear at this time when Mitchell will be cleared to return to the Jazz’s rotation. Considering he’ll likely be sidelined on Wednesday, his next chance to play would come on Friday against the Brooklyn Nets.