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Zion Williamson's Knee Injury Will Keep Him Out A "Period Of Weeks"

Zion Williamson warms up before a Summer League game.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 14: Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans warms up on the court before a semifinal game of the 2019 NBA Summer League against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Zion Williamson era for the New Orleans Pelicans was set to start next week. Unfortunately, it looks like fans are going to have to wait a little longer to see him suit up in an actual NBA game.

Thursday, the Pelicans announced that Williamson would miss the team's preseason game against the New York Knicks due to a knee injury. In the aftermath, message board rumors swirling regarding the severity of his injury.

Friday morning, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski provided an update. Williamson doesn't have a "severe" injury, but it is significant enough that he'll miss a 'period of weeks" to start the season.

That isn't great news, but it is good to hear that Williamson appears to have avoided something catastrophic.

Williams, a phenom in high school, played one season at Duke before declaring for the NBA Draft. He went No. 1 overall to the Pelicans.

Williamson is a physical freak, but many are worried about how injury prone he's been the past year or two. The Pelicans will need to be delicate with him as he transitions to the pro game.

It's unclear when Williamson will make his debut, but at this point, it's looking like some time in November.