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Danny Granger injury update: Pacers forward expected to be out for three months

After a trip to see Dr. James Andrews for treatment on his left knee, Danny Granger will be on the shelf for another three months.

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

The Indiana Pacers announced an injury update on Danny Granger's ailing left knee and the news is not good.

According to the team, Granger was visited Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday for treatment on his left knee. Here are the gory details which includes a three-month recovery time.

The Indiana Pacers announced that Danny Granger received an injection Tuesday to treat left patellar tendinosis. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla.

Team medical personnel are looking at a recovery time of approximately three months. Further updates will be provided when appropriate.

Well, approximate could mean two and a half months, right? Ugh. Even that rosy outlook has Granger out until the end of January with the All-Star break in mid-February looking like a more reasonable expectation for his return.

The Pacers sorely miss Granger's 20 points per game as their struggles on the offensive end through four regular season games can attest. Sam Young started the last game in place of Granger after Gerald Green started the first three games of the season. Neither player gives the Pacers the scoring threat Granger provided, but Young appears to at least be able to give the starting unit a better defensive presence.

The is no longer a stop-gap measure, though so Frank Vogel will have to work out a long-term strategy for dealing with Granger's absence.