E.J. Liddell's plans for a big rookie season with the New Orleans Pelicans have taken an unfortunate hit.
The former Buckeye forward and No. 41 overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft suffered a torn ACL in the third quarter of Monday's contest against the Atlanta Hawks and will be out indefinitely.
Injury Update: E.J. Liddell will be out indefinitely after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee.— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) July 12, 2022
An MRI done last night confirmed the injury, which occurred during the third quarter of yesterdays Summer League game against the Atlanta Hawks. pic.twitter.com/fSU4Cxqj8v
Liddell suffered an apparent injury to his right knee in the first quarter of the game but was cleared to return to action by doctors thereafter. In the third quarter, Liddell's knee gave out while looking for a high-post touch with a defender on his back.
After suffering an injury to his right knee during the first quarter (and then returning after being checked out by team doctors), former Buckeye and current New Orleans Pelicans rookie EJ Liddell suffered another knee injury during the third quarter. pic.twitter.com/DIESBfvMwR— Josh Poloha (@JorshP) July 11, 2022
Of the 94 games Ohio State played during Liddell's three-year tenure in Columbus, Liddell played in 92 of them, including all 32 Buckeye contests this past season.
No question our guy comes back stronger than ever. Book it. https://t.co/SbTkp3mTah— Chris Holtmann (@ChrisHoltmann) July 12, 2022