John Wall injury: Wizard to miss eight weeks with stress injury

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Washington Wizards point guard John Wall will miss about eight weeks because he's nursing the early stages of a stress injury in his left knee, the team announced Friday.

Wall, who is entering his third season in the NBA and with the Wizards, will not require surgery.

A member of the 2011 NBA All-Rookie Team who finished second in the league's Rookie of the Year award voting that year, Wall averaged 16.3 points per game in 66 games last season.

"We feel fortunate that we caught the injury early and that he will be able to return with the vast majority of the season still in front of us," Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement.

After experiencing discomfort in his knee, Wall underwent an MRI on Thursday. The examination revealed the early stages of a non-traumatic stress injury, the team says.

The length of time Wall is expected to miss will keep him out of at least the first part of the regular season. Washington is set to open the 2012-13 regular season on Oct. 30 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

I will work extremely hard to make sure I get back as soon as possible so I can re-join them and help our team continue to improve," Wall said.