After filling in for an injured Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer earlier this year, forward-center Taj Gibson is now expected to be out up to weeks for Chicago with his own injury.
According to Bulls beat reporter K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Gibson does not have a torn ACL after going down with an injury in Sunday’s blowout loss on the road to the Oklahoma City Thunder. But an MRI on Monday revealed a sprained MCL and the big man is expected to miss up to two weeks for an already-depleted Bulls roster.
The injury will mean more playing time for Noah, who missed three games at the beginning of February with plantar fascitis, and Boozer, who missed three games at the same time with a nagging hamstring injury. Gibson’s injury will likely mean more playing time for the seldom-used Nazr Mohammed and Vladimir Radmanovic.
In 22 minutes per game this season, Gibson has averaged 7.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. In November, the Bulls signed the 27-year-old to a four year, $38 million extension.