Pelicans' Zion Williamson progressing, remains out indefinitely

Published March 3, 2022, 8:00 AMNBA.com News Services

Williamson's fractured foot shows signs of 'improved bone healing.'

The New Orleans Pelicans provided an update regarding the health of Zion Williamson on Wednesday, saying there is “improved bone healing” in his injured right foot.

The 21-year-old star remains out indefinitely and will “gradually progress to full weight-bearing exercise and basketball activities.”

Williamson, who has been rehabbing away from the team, has missed every game this season after he suffered an injury last summer. He hurt his foot while performing basketball drills with his stepfather, with whom he has entrusted his offseason training.

The Pelicans revealed the injury on the first day of training camp in September, saying they hoped he’d be ready to play by the regular-season opener on Oct. 20. Williamson initially agreed with that timeline, which has since proved overly optimistic by several months.

Williamson, drafted first overall out of Duke in 2019, played in just 24 games as a rookie because of a preseason right knee injury (lateral meniscus). In his second season, he played in 61 of 72 games, averaging 27 points per game.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.