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Jalen Suggs out indefinitely with knee injury

The second year guard suffered the injury early in the Magic’s preseason win Friday

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For Jalen Suggs, his second season could begin the way the majority of his first season ended: with him sidelined by injury.

The Orlando Magic guard will be out indefinitely after suffering a left knee capsule sprain and bone bruise in the Magic’s preseason victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

Suggs was shoved by the Mavs’ Spencer Dinwiddie and collided with Dorian Finney-Smith, appearing to hyperextend his knee. He immediately fell to the floor in pain. Suggs had to be helped back to the locker room, putting little weight on his left leg.

The Magic already are without Markelle Fultz, who is recovering from a toe fracture. Depending on how long it takes each to recover, Orlando could be without it’s presumed starting backcourt when they begin the regular season on Oct. 19 against the Pistons.

While there is no timetable for his return, the Magic were relieved the injury was not more severe, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The fifth overall pick in the 2021 draft missed 34 games to injury during his rookie season, primarily due to a fractured thumb. Suggs averaged 11.8 points and 4.4 assists in 48 games.

Injuries continue to haunt the Magic, who are also still without Jonathan Isaac.

Orlando has had more games missed by injured players than any other team in the league in each of the last two seasons.