Phoenix Suns forward Cam Johnson limped off the field Friday night against the Portland Trail Blazers, and the team announced he will undergo surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee.
Johnson flagged for a sub during the first quarter Friday and Phoenix announced he would be out until further notice.
Cam Johnson is out for the rest of the game with a knee injury after going to the locker room midway through the first quarter. Here’s what Al McCoy and Tim Kempton saw. pic.twitter.com/FimLYvpyOz
— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) November 5, 2022
With surgery, the recovery period could take months.
Johnson entered Friday’s action after a monstrous performance against the Minnesota Timberwolves earlier in the week.
The 26-year-old scored a season-high 29 points on 10 of 17 shots. Johnson knocked down seven 3-pointers and was a plus-17 in a Suns win.
“He’s a starter for us, so it’s always a blow to see a guy not in the lineup,” head coach Monty Williams said Saturday. “It happens throughout the season, you just have to make your adjustments.”
Johnson’s injury will further test the depth of Phoenix like Torrey Craig, Landry Shamet and Damion Lee. Craig replaced Johnson in the starting lineup on Saturday.
Jae Crowder remains on the roster but is not with the team. Johnson replaced Crowder as the starter this season.
Johnson and the Suns did not agree to an extension before the season, and the forward will be a restricted free agent next summer.