Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles suffered a serious-looking knee injury during the team’s loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night. Ingles had to be helped off the court, leaving Jazz fans fearful for the impending update. On Monday, the Jazz were handed a critical knee injury update on Ingles, as reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Ingles is expected to have surgery within the next two weeks, sources said. He's in the final year of his contract with the Jazz and was the league's runner-up for the Sixth Man Award a season ago. https://t.co/VVZEaUA4JC
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 31, 2022
That’s a brutal blow to the Jazz. Forward Joe Ingles will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. The Jazz forward is expected to have surgery in the next two weeks to repair the knee injury, per Wojnarowski.
Fortunately, Ingles’ knee had no other structural damage. Still, this is not an ideal injury for a Jazz team that was rumored to be in the market for wing depth. That search figures to intensify following the brutal Ingles’ knee injury update.
The 34-year-old forward appeared in 45 games for Utah this season, averaging 7.2 points, 3.5 assists, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.7 triples per contest in just 24.9 minutes.
The Jazz will need even more from secondary contributors, such as Bojan Bogdanovic, Jordan Clarkson, as well as wing players like Royce O’Neal and Rudy Gay, who will be even more important now after the Ingles injury update.
Utah, losers of five games in a row, will have to find a way to move forward after the season-ending injury to one of their key players in Joe Ingles.