Bulls' Otto Porter Jr. To Visit Foot Specialist

By 670 The Score
(670 The Score) Bulls forward Otto Porter Jr. still isn't close to a return as he deals with a left foot injury.

An MRI on Wednesday confirmed that Porter continues to suffer from bone edema in his left foot, the team announced Friday. He will have a "brief" period of immobilization, the Bulls said, and also visit Dr. Bob Anderson, a foot and ankle specialist in Green Bay, Wisc. Porter will then be reassessed in two weeks. After the immobilization period, Porter will resume non-impact activities.

Porter has been sidelined since Nov. 6 with what was initially called a foot strain before a subsequent MRI on Nov. 19 revealed bone bruising.

Porter had struggled quite a bit early in the season before being sidelined, averaging 11.2 points on 41.7 percent shooting in nine games. He has an injury history, dealing with nagging ailments in seasons past, including a shoulder strain that sidelined him for the final 11 games of last season. Porter also dealt with knee and neck ailments last season and had surgery on his left leg in April 2018 to address what the Wizards called compartment syndrome.

Wary of Porter's injury history and their lack of depth at wing, the Bulls met with him near the end of last season and again in training camp to formulate a plan for his workload. They settled on roughly a 30-minute limit for him and the possibility of him resting on one end of back-to-back sets. Porter was under or just over the 30-minute mark in each of his first nine games, and he did play in both ends of the Bulls' first two back-to-backs.

The Bulls have started Chandler Hutchison, Shaq Harrison and Kris Dunn in Porter's absence. The Bulls have struggled, opening the season 8-14.

Cody Westerlund is a sports editor for 670TheScore.com and covers the Bulls. Follow him on Twitter @CodyWesterlund.