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A new NBA season means a new set of injury issues for players, and teams, to deal with. Just a few weeks into the 2021-22 campaign there’s already a slew of injuries across the league’s landscape — some more serious than others. Two straight shortened offseason probably didn’t help matters in this regard. 

Some star players, like Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard and Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, are still recovering from older injuries, while others, like Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, are dealing with new ailments. In addition to physical issues, teams are also dealing with absences due to the league’s health and safety protocols amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

It can all be a lot to stay on top of, but we’re here to help. Below you’ll find a list of the bigger names currently dealing with injury issues. To see even more injury updates from around the league, click here

PLAYER

INJURY

STATUS

LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers

Abdomen  

Expected to be out until at least Nov. 14  

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers 

Health and safety protocols

Expected to be out until at least Nov. 18  

Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics 

Hamstring

Expected to be out until at least Nov. 19  

Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans

Foot

Expected to be out until at least Nov. 22  

Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers

Knee 

Expected to be out until at least Mar. 1  

Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors  

Achilles  

Expected to be out until at least Dec. 25  

Victor Oladipo, Miami Heat  

Quadriceps  

Expected to be out until at least Nov. 20  

Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets 

Knee

Expected to be out until at least Mar. 1  

T.J. Warren, Indiana Pacers 

Foot

Expected to be out until at least Dec. 29  

Collin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers

Knee

Expected to be out until at least Dec. 15  

Markelle Fultz, Orlando Magic  

Knee

Expected to be out until at least Dec. 3  

Rudy Gay, Utah Jazz

Heel 

Expected to be out until at least Nov. 16  

Donte DiVincenzo, Milwaukee Bucks   

Ankle 

Expected to be out until at least Nov. 16  

James Wiseman, Golden State Warriors

Knee

Expected to be out until at least Nov. 21  

Jonathan Isaac, Orlando Magic  

Knee

Expected to be out until at least Dec. 3  

Davis Bertans, Washington Wizards  

Ankle

Expected to be out until at least Nov. 17  

Trevor Ariza, Los Angeles Lakers

Ankle

Expected to be out until at least Dec. 15  

Thomas Bryant, Washington Wizards

Knee

Expected to be out until at least Dec. 11  

Nikola Vucevic, Chicago Bulls

Health and safety protocols

Expected to be out until at least Nov. 21

Dario Saric, Phoenix Suns

Knee

Expected to be out until at least Apr. 1  

Patrick Williams, Chicago Bulls

Wrist

Expected to be out until at least Apr. 10   

Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers 

Health and safety protocols 

Expected to be out until at least Nov. 15  

Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets  

Personal; COVID restrictions  

No timeline for return  

Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers

Personal; Mental health

No timeline for return  

Source: CBSSports.com

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