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Zion Williamson injury update should worry Pelicans fans

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It looks like Zion Williamson’s recovery from his offseason foot surgery is not progressing as expected. Even though New Orleans Pelicans exec David Griffin said during Media Day that Zion will be ready in time for the regular season, the latest update isn’t promising.

New Pelicans head coach Willie Green confirmed that Williamson has not yet started running, as they are awaiting for him to “get some scans” in the next couple of days to determine the current status of his recover (via Andrew Lopez of ESPN).

While it is a good thing that Zion Williamson can join the team’s shooting and dribbling practices, it is certainly concerning that he hasn’t done any full practice since his surgery. After all, the 2021-22 season is just a little over a week away.

To recall, Griffin announced during the Pelicans’ Media Day that Williamson had to undergo surgery for a right foot injury he sustained while working our prior to the Summer League. The injury didn’t seem serious since the Griffin looked confident when he said the uber-athletic forward will be ready in time for the start of the new campaign.

Nonetheless, by the looks of it, there’s a good chance Zion misses the first few days of 2021-22. The Pelicans are scheduled to face the Philadelphia 76ers at home on October 20th.