Suns fear Cam Johnson tore meniscus in right knee, report says

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The Phoenix Suns played solid basketball to start the 2022-23 NBA season, but it looks like some adversity is about to strike. Suns fear forward Cam Johnson has suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Initial tests would indicate a meniscus tear, and Johnson will receive further imaging.

Johnson was injured in Phoenix’s 108-106 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night. Johnson appeared to pinch his knee during the first quarter of the competition and did not return after retiring.

Johnson served as the Suns’ starting forward this season. He started in the team’s first eight games of the season and is averaging 13 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals per performance. A timeline will likely be set when the injury is officially announced, but it certainly looks like Johnson is going to miss some time, and potentially a significant amount.

In Johnson’s absence, Torrey Craig and Dario Saric will likely see their roles increase significantly. The Suns will miss Jae Crowder during this time. Crowder was the team’s starting forward for the previous two seasons, but is currently out of the squad pending a trade. Perhaps Johnson’s injury will inspire Crowder to return to the team. Either way, the Suns will have to rely on the entire roster to intervene in the absence of a starter.

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