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Nene injury: Wizards big man has sprained MCL, out 6 weeks

An MRI on Monday revealed that Washington Wizards big man Nene suffered a sprained MCL.

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Washington Wizards big man Nene has a sprained MCL, the team announced on Monday. According to the Wizards, he will be out for approximately six weeks.

Nene injured his knee Sunday in Washington's 96-83 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, falling awkwardly in the middle of the third quarter. The Wizards initially called the injury a knee sprain, but feared the worst heading into a Monday MRI. If the assumption was that he would miss the rest of the season, this is positive news for a team that is fifth in the Eastern Conference at 28-28.

Nene, who has dealt with injury problems the last three seasons, has played in 49 of Washington's 56 games and is averaging 14.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

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The Wizards will suffer on defense in his absence and they do not have a ton of depth behind him. Trevor Booker, Kevin Seraphin and even the hardly-utilized Al Harrington will receive minutes while Nene recovers.

Kevin Zimmerman and James Herbert contributed to this story