New Orleans Pelicans

Zion Williamson: How long will the Pelicans star be out? Injury timeline, latest updates

The Pelicans are getting closer to the return of Zion Williamson.

The team announced on Friday, Nov. 26 that Williamson had been cleared to participate in full team activities.

What's next for Williamson? Here's everything we know about his injury and the latest news on when he may return to the court.

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Zion Williamson injury timeline

It was revealed during the team's media day that Williamson underwent surgery to repair a fractured right foot during the offseason. Williamson is said to have suffered the injury prior to the start of the 2021 NBA Summer League.

The Pelicans were initially hopeful that his timeline would "get him back on the court in time for the regular season."

When could Zion Williamson return from injury?

The Pelicans announced on Friday, Nov. 26 that Williamson had been cleared to participate in full team activities. They also included a note that Williamson played full-court 4-on-4 in practice, a huge step in the right direction for the one-time All-Star.

Unfortunately, news broke on Dec. 2 that Williamson was experiencing soreness in his foot, delaying his return.

According to ESPN's Andrew Lopez, Williamson will be "dialed back before ramping back up next week." The Athletic's Shams Charania added that the team is optimistic that Williamson's setback is not serious.

Below, you can find the Pelicans' schedule for the next few weeks.

Date Opponent Time
Wed, Dec. 3 at Dallas 8:30 PM
Sun, Dec. 5 at Houston 7:00 PM
Wed, Dec. 8 vs. Denver 8:00 PM
Fri, Dec. 10 vs. Detroit 8:00 PM
Sun, Dec. 12 at San Antonio 7:00 PM
Wed, Dec. 15 at Oklahoma City 8:00 PM
Fri, Dec. 17 vs. Milwaukee 10:00 PM
Sun, Dec. 19 at Philadelphia 8:00 PM
Tue, Dec. 21 vs. Portland 8:00 PM
Thu, Dec. 23 at Orlando 7:00 PM
Sun, Dec. 26 at Oklahoma City 7:00 PM

Zion Williamson injury history

The No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Williamson was limited to 24 games in his rookie season after he underwent surgery to repair a torn right lateral meniscus.

Williamson appeared in 61 of a possible 72 games in his sophomore season and earned the first All-Star selection of his career with averages of 27.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He missed the last seven games of the season with a fractured left ring finger.

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