Bulls forward Otto Porter Jr. is without a timetable for a return after spraining his left foot, according to Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com. Porter sustained the injury during Wednesday’s victory over Atlanta.
Porter, 26, has already been ruled out for Chicago’s game against Houston on Saturday night. He entered the weekend holding season averages of 11.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 25.1 minutes in nine games, shooting 42% from the floor and 40% from downtown.
“It’s a soft-tissue injury, so it’s something that’s difficult to put a timetable on,” Bulls coach Jim Boylen said, as relayed by Woodyard. “That’s about as easy as I could say. We’re not exactly sure.
“I don’t want to give you a definite timetable because it could be sooner or longer than maybe we see,” he added. “I know that’s vague and I’m sorry for that, but that’s the kind of injury it is.”
Porter is in his seventh NBA season and second campaign with the Bulls, who are expected to name Chandler Hutchison as a starter in place of Porter during rehab, according to Woodyard.
“Because of the soft tissue, these are things that maybe it settles down in 24 to 48 hours,” Boylen said of the injury. “Maybe it doesn’t. That’s where the uncertainty comes in where it’s difficult to put a timetable on. So yes, it did not settle down like maybe we had hoped other injuries have. We’re not taking any chances with him, or anybody. We’ll manage him accordingly and support him in the appropriate way.”
Chicago has games scheduled against the Knicks and Bucks after Houston, followed by a four-game homestand at United Center.