INDEPENDENCE: Jarrett Jack has inflammation in his left knee and will be shut down for about 10 days and rookie Carrick Felix was diagnosed with a sports hernia, the Cavs announced on Monday.
In addition, rookie Sergey Karasev has been excused from the team to obtain a work visa. He is expected to return in time for Thursday's preseason home game against the Detroit Pistons.
The Cavs announced the injuries following media availability on Monday. Coach Mike Brown only said there were a few players he was considering holding out of Tuesday's preseason game against the Charlotte Bobcats, but refused to elaborate.
Jack has been diagnosed with chondromalacia (inflammation/irritation of cartilage on the underside of the patella). Given the timeline, Jack should still be back in time for the start of the regular season on Oct. 30.
Felix was evaluated for groin pain and an MRI revealed the hernia.
The Cavs have been hit hard with injuries just two weeks into the preseason, although none of them are considered serious except for Andrew Bynum’s situation – which the Cavs obviously knew about when they signed him. There is still no timetable for when Bynum will be cleared to play 5 on 5.
Tyler Zeller has yet to return following a strained hip and Alonzo Gee returned Sunday from a sore hamstring.