After a great start to the season (7-2), the Suns just lost a key part of their starting rotation. Cam Johnson had been promoted to the starting five this year after a few years of solid work. Unfortunately, he suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee on Friday against the Blazers. Johnson will undergo surgery to repair the meniscus and the Suns have currently stated that there is no timeline for his return.
Many knee injuries are the result of non-contact plays, and Johnson’s case is no different. He landed awkwardly when he tried to plant his right leg but then turned to run in the opposite direction. A torn meniscus and subsequent surgery usually comes with a 6-8 week recovery time. The Sun’s best bet at getting Johnson back to 100% is to keep him out until after the New Year.
While Johnson has managed to stay relatively healthy throughout his 3 years in the NBA, he has already suffered a few bumps and bruises this season. He started out the season dealing with cramps in his quad muscle and once those subsided, he suffered a bruised hip when he took a charge. Neither injury kept him out of the lineup, though, and Johnson was able to make a big impact for the Suns early on. He was averaging 13 PPG and actually put up a stellar 29 points on Friday before sustaining the knee injury.