The Denver Nuggets have been hit hard with injuries and COVID-19-related absences this season. Still, Denver has managed to tough things out, given their 14-14 record and standing as the eighth seed in the tough Western Conference. Well, the Nuggets received some more bad news involving forward Michael Porter Jr., who is already out indefinitely rehabbing a back injury.

That is tough news for the Nuggets and Michael Porter Jr., who has potentially tested positive for COVID-19 for the third time. Porter has made media waves in the past for his coronavirus conspiracy theories as well as for his stance on the COVID-19 vaccine.

The only positive for the Nuggets and their fans to take out of this news is that Porter will get to continue to rest his back post-surgery, though it will limit what he’s able to do from a rehab standpoint.

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Porter had appeared in just nine games for Denver, averaging 9.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game on 35.9 percent shooting from the field, as he was clearly hampered by the back issue.

The rest of Porter’s season was rumored to be in serious jeopardy, so it’s not like the Nuggets can expect him back anytime soon. Still, Denver fans don’t want to hear updates like this on one of their team’s best young players.

The Nuggets will continue to trudge on, despite what’s going on around them.