On Friday morning, the Chicago Bulls announced that second-year forward Patrick Williams sustained a severe left ankle sprain. The injury happened while Williams was participating in an optional individual workout. He is expected to make a full return within 4-to-6 weeks. Rob Schaefer of NBC Sports Chicago reports that Williams’ timeline is retroactive to September 15.
Given the timeline, Williams will likely sit out for at least three contests of the Bulls’ four-game preseason slate. If Williams were to come back at the early four-week mark, he could potentially play in the final preseason game on October 15. However, if Williams misses all six weeks, he would not be available for the Bulls’ first four regular-season games.
Williams averaged 9.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in his rookie season, while also shooting 39% from three-point range. This offseason saw the Bulls let go of power forwards Thaddeus Young and Lauri Markkanen. As a result, the expectation is that Williams fills a majority of the team’s power forward minutes.