The Memphis Grizzlies confirmed Friday that rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. will be out indefinitely with a deep thigh bruise. According to a team release, updates will be provided “as appropriate.” The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
JAREN JACKSON JR. MEDICAL UPDATE: 🔽 https://t.co/tZkpLXfVyC
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) February 23, 2019
Omari Sankofa II of The Athletic provided some additional context, indicating the injury originally dates back to late January.
First time Jaren Jackson Jr. was listed on the injury report with right quad soreness was on Jan. 31. Appeared a few times afterward. This has been ongoing
— Omari Sankofa II (@omarisankofa) February 23, 2019
The 19-year-old Jackson, averaging 13.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks, has impressed with his defense and was considered one of the league’s top rookies. His low-post game was quickly developing (50.2 percent shooting), and he showed surprising success from deep (35.9% 3FG), earning a spot in the 2019 MTN DEW Ice Rising Stars at NBA All-Star weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina.