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Pelicans’ latest Zion Williamson injury update still offers little clarity

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The New Orleans Pelicans provided another update to Zion Williamsons‘ injury status on Tuesday, though it didn’t do much to clear up any fogginess about when the All-Star will make his 2021-22 season debut.

According to Pelicans beat writer Christian Clark of NOLA News, New Orleans head coach Willie Green said Zion has been doing some running and will undergo another series of tests on his right foot either later this week or early next week. Ugh.

Williams has yet to be cleared for contact and hasn’t returned to practice in a full capacity.

There is still no timetable for Williamson to return to the court. The 21-year old was last evaluated two weeks ago.

“There is no fixed timeline for his return to game action, but the doctors are encouraged by this last batch of images,” New Orleans general manager David Griffin said at the time. “Doctors will take additional imaging 2 to 2 1/2 weeks from now as guides and landmarks for taking the next steps.”

At Media Day, Griffin revealed that Williamson underwent an operation to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot over the summer. Initially, Griffin and Zion said they expected him to be ready for opening night, then later revised those expectations.

The situation has been just as messy on the court for the Pelicans as it seems to be off of it. New Orleans has lost three of four games to open the season and has been mired by turnovers and unforced errors.

Obviously, we’ll keep you posted on the next wave of updates.