Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 1 Month

Jefferson came off the bench for 19 minutes against the Heat on Wednesday and contributed 12 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and two blocks.

This was just the second game that Jefferson has played since injuring his groin in late December. He'll likely be on a minutes restriction in the short term which leaves his owners in a tough position on whether or not he deserves the play in limited action. The 30-year-old should certainly be deployed in deeper leagues moving forward, but smaller leagues may want to examine other players getting a full workload until Jefferson's restriction is lifted.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 1 Month

Jefferson is expected to play 16-to-18 minutes off the bench Wednesday, the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell reports.

While Jefferson was believed to be on a similar minutes limit Monday, he was able to play 25 minutes off the bench, so this should be a loose advisory. However, it would still be wise to go with a different option in daily leagues, as Jefferson almost certainly won't see enough minutes to warrant his price Wednesday.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 1 Month

Jefferson returned to action Monday, posting eight points and five rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench against Minnesota.

Jefferson hadn't played since Dec. 29 with a groin injury, a span of nine games. Though he was expected to play 16 minutes, he logged 25 minutes in a blowout win over the Timberwolves. Owners might want to be patient as Jefferson rounds into game shape and doesn't have any reported minutes restriction before playing him with confidence. Once he is back to playing his usual complement of minutes, Jefferson should return to his 18 point, eight rebound form.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 1 Month

Jefferson (groin) will return to action Monday against the Timberwolves, but will come off the bench and will be limited to a maximum of 16 minutes, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Jefferson was medically cleared Sunday during practice, and will now suit up Monday. He was reportedly initially targeting Wednesday as a potential return date, but he will rejoin the lineup ahead of schedule. Bismack Biyombo will receive the start again Monday with Jefferson limited, though it may be his last if all goes well.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 2 Months

Jefferson (groin) is targeting a return date for Wednesday against the Heat, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Jefferson has been sidelined with a groin injury since Dec. 29 but has been able to participate in on-court workouts of late. The potential return date set for Wednesday is not a forgone conclusion, although his return seems to be imminent nonetheless.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 2 Months

Jefferson (groin) has begun taking part in on-court workouts, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Jefferson is expected to remain out for at least another two weeks, but it's certainly a positive sign to see him working on the court, even in limited capacity. He's dealing with a groin injury that has now recurred multiple times, however, so the Hornets will exercise caution in bringing him back up to speed. Expect Bismack Biyombo to remain in the starting lineup, with Jason Maxiell and rookie Noah Vonleh seeing a mild boost in playing time in Jefferson's absence.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 2 Months

Jefferson (groin) will miss a minimum of four weeks, the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell reports.

His status was up in the air, but this is about as bad of a prognosis as his owners could have expected. In his absence, Cody Zeller will be asked to really step into a major role for the first time in his career. Bismack Biyombo will also see increased run off the bench, and it would seem possible that the Hornets opt to go with a small lineup starting Marvin Williams at power forward for the time being.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 2 Months

Jefferson (groin) will miss at least the Hornets' next two games due to a groin strain.

Jefferson suffered the injury last weekend and had to be removed from Monday's game against the Bucks in the fourth quarter after re-aggravating it. He's already been ruled out for Wednesday's matchup with Houston and Friday's game against the Cavaliers, so the soonest he could return is Saturday in Orlando. Consider Jefferson day-to-day at this point, and look for Bismack Biyombo to see an uptick in minutes.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 2 Months

Jefferson (groin) may be shut down for a bit, according to the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell reports.

The groin strain has been bothering Jefferson since last Saturday, and he was pulled from Monday's loss to the Bucks in the fourth quarter. He hasn't played well over the last few games, so the Hornets may decide that a patient approach is optimal. That being said, Charlotte needs every win it can get, following a miserable start to the season. If Jefferson misses time, the Hornets will likely need more minutes from Cody Zeller, Bismack Biyombo and Marvin Williams. The team doesn't seem to have much faith in Biyombo, while Zeller and Williams are already getting significant run.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 2 Months

Jefferson (groin) didn't return to Monday's overtime loss to the Bucks.

Jefferson walked gingerly off the court midway through the fourth quarter and never returned through the completion of the extra period, leaving his status questionable for Wednesday's game at Houston. No matter, he still managed to post six points (3-12 FG), eight rebounds, five assists, and one steal in 28 minutes.