The injury bug keeps nibbling even during the scheduled time off. This was supposed to be a time during the Olympic Break for the players to kick back and watch their Nations team compete for gold, heal, rest, and enjoy this much needed time off.
Instead a second surgery happened today, this time by forward Charde Houston who needed it to repair a torn meniscus in her left knee. The surgery was successfully completed by Dr. Evan Lederman who also completed successful surgery earlier this month on Candice Dupree. The reported timetable for Houston's recovery is 6-8 weeks which pushes her out for the regular season in all likelihood.
Houston had become a major part of the Mercury's rotation as the team's third leading scorer at 13.2 PPG and chipping in 3.9 RPG as well. She was able to insert herself into the rotation despite being a new face in the locker room.
A big chunk of the offense is lost with Houston hitting the sidelines.
As the season progresses the team is diminishing right before our eyes. Penny Taylor has missed the whole season, Diana Taurasi played just two games, Dupree has played in 10 games, and now Houston looks to miss the remainder of the season.
The season resumes on August 16th in Seattle and has a total of 15 games remaining on the docket for the Mercury. With the roster down to nine active players and zero full-time starters from last season it will be an interesting ride to see what head coach Corey Gaines and his staff can do weather the storm.