6:15pm: Today’s MRI confirmed that the injury is a Grade 3 sprain and Jeffries’ status will be updated in six weeks, the Kings announced in a press release.
3:40pm: Kings wing DaQuan Jeffries suffered a setback during the process of rehabbing a back injury, and has sustained a Grade 3 left ankle sprain, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, who tweets that Jeffries will miss an “extended period” of time.
Jeffries, who has been sidelined since the preseason due to back soreness, suffered the injury during a scrimmage when he came down on someone’s foot, per James Ham of NBC Sports California (Twitter links). He underwent an MRI today, and while the Kings have yet to issue a formal update, Charania’s report suggests that MRI showed the Grade 3 sprain.
Jeffries, 23, spent his rookie season in 2019/20 on a two-way contract with the Kings. He saw limited action, averaging 3.8 PPG and 1.4 RPG in 13 games (10.8 MPG), but impressed the team enough to earn a promotion to the 15-man roster and a fully guaranteed salary for 2020/21. He had been slated to have a “key rotation role” this season, says Charania.
No timeline has been set for Jeffries’ return so far, but as Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee writes, a Grade 3 ankle sprain typically requires about four to six weeks to heal. Kings guard De’Aaron Fox suffered the injury last season and missed 17 games. If Jeffries faces a similar recovery timeline, he likely won’t make his season debut until February.