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The latest Women's Basketball injury news from RotoWire's experts.

Glory Johnson    Dallas Wings    SUSP    Suspension
Johnson will be suspended for Wednesday's game against the Sun after throwing a punch at Matee Ajavon of the Dream during Saturday's game, Swish Appeal reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Johnson will be suspended without pay as a result of her actions, but will rejoin the team Saturday against the Mystics. Kayla Thornton and Theresa Plaisance are in line for a larger role during Johnson's brief absence.
Briann January    Indiana Fever    OUT    Knee
January will miss the rest of the season with a torn meniscus in her right knee.

RotoWire Analysis

It's yet another tough blow for the Fever, who have also lost Tiffany Mitchell (knee) and Shenise Johnson (knee) for the rest of the 2017 campaign as well. January will now start the long road to recovery with the hope of being back to full strength at the start of next season. January finished with averages 9.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists across 26.3 minutes. Look for Erica Wheeler, Marissa Coleman and Jazmon Gwathmey to see more minutes in the backcourt.
Briann January    Indiana Fever    OUT    Knee
January sat out Sunday's loss to the Mystics due to a right knee issue.

RotoWire Analysis

Little was known about the issue heading into the matchup, but January sat out the loss, which marked the Fever's ninth loss in their last 10 contests. The team has not provided an update on January's status, but the guard should be considered questionable for Wednesday's game against New York.
Bria Holmes    Atlanta Dream    GTD    Ankle
Holmes (ankle) should be considered questionable to play Wednesday against the Storm.

RotoWire Analysis

Holmes did not play in Saturday's game against the Wings as she continues to battle a nagging ankle issue. The forward hasn't played in more than a week, but with a few more days to rest, it's possible she could get back on the court Wednesday. Holmes is averaging 8.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game on the year.
Elena Delle Donne    Washington Mystics    OUT    Thumb
Delle Donne (thumb) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Fever.

RotoWire Analysis

After having surgery to repair a torn ligament in her left thumb at the end July, Delle Donne continues to go through the recovery process and has yet to be given the green light for a return. The Mystics have yet to provide additional clarification on a timetable, so consider he questionable for Friday's game against the Liberty. Look for added touches for the likes of Kristi Toliver, Emma Meesseman and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt.
Natasha Cloud    Washington Mystics    OUT    Hip
Cloud (hip) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Fever.

RotoWire Analysis

Cloud originally suffered the injury during Friday's tilt with the Mercury and is still dealing with enough discomfort to sit out Sunday. While she's yet to be given any concrete timetable for a return, the Mystics won't play again until Friday against the Liberty, meaning Cloud should have just under a week to potentially make a full recovery. For now, consider Cloud questionable for Friday's contest.
Angel Robinson    Phoenix Mercury    OUT    Knee
Robinson (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Sun, Hoopsfeed.com reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Robinson will be missing a second straight game Sunday, as she's yet to shake a lingering knee injury. The Mercury also haven't given her any sort of timetable for a return, meaning Robinson can also be considered questionable heading into Tuesday's matchup with the Lynx. Robinson averages just 15.8 minutes per game, so it shouldn't translate to any drastic changes with the regular rotation.
Bria Holmes    Atlanta Dream    GTD    Ankle
Holmes (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's tilt against the Wings, Bob Rathbun of Fox Sports reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Holmes' nagging injury is putting her status for Saturday's game in question. On the year, she's posting 8.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists across 23.4 minutes per game. If she's ultimately unable to go, the likes of Sancho Lyttle, Tamera Young and Damiris Dantas could all be in store for additional touches.
Natasha Cloud    Washington Mystics    OUT    Hip
Cloud suffered a left hip injury during Friday's game against the Mercury and is doubtful to return.

RotoWire Analysis

It's unclear just how severe the injury is, but more tests will likely be performed after the game, which should give us a better indication of a potential absence. For now, consider Cloud questionable for Sunday's game against the Fever. Cloud finished Friday's game with five points (2-3 FG, 1-2 3Pt) and one assist across 11 minutes.
Elena Delle Donne    Washington Mystics    OUT    Thumb
Delle Donne (thumb) is out for Friday's tilt against the Mercury.

RotoWire Analysis

Delle Donne, who should be considered day-to-day, will miss Friday's contest. Emma Meesseman should continue seeing additional touches as a result
Cheyenne Parker    Chicago Sky    OUT    Ankle
Parker (ankle) has been ruled out for both Friday's game against the Sparks and Sunday's game against the Storm.

RotoWire Analysis

With Parker being ruled out for the next two games already, she'll have an entire week to rehab her sprained right ankle, with her next opportunity to return being Aug. 25 against the Sun. She should be considered questionable-at-best for that contest.
Angel Robinson    Phoenix Mercury    OUT    Knee
Robinson (knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Mystics, HoopFeed.com reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Robinson exited in the first half of last Saturday's loss to the Storm with the knee injury and did not return, but there have not yet been any issues regarding its severity. Cayla George will likely see extended minutes off the bench in Robinson's absence.
Rebekkah Brunson    Minnesota Lynx    OUT    Ankle
Brunson will be out about two weeks with a sprained left ankle, Rachel Blount of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

RotoWire Analysis

With Lindsay Whalen also out with a broken bone in her hand, the depth of the Lynx will be tested. Renee Montgomery and Jia Perkins will get more minutes.
Tiffany Mitchell    Indiana Fever    OUT    Knee
Mitchell (knee) is out for the rest of the 2017 season with torn cartilage and a bone bruise in her right knee, HoopFeed.com reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Mitchell suffered the injury during a practice prior to Saturday's contest. On the season, the second-year guard will finish averaging 10.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals across 24.9 minutes per game. As a result of her absence, Marissa Coleman and Jazmon Gwathmey could see additional touches.
Rebekkah Brunson    Minnesota Lynx    OUT    Ankle
Brunson won't return to Wednesday's game against the Storm due to a left ankle injury.

RotoWire Analysis

Brunson supplied three points, three rebounds and a steal prior to exiting the contest. The extent of her injury remains unclear, but the team should shed some additional light on the situation prior to its next game Friday against the Fever. An extended absence would certainly cause a shakeup in the frontcourt rotation.
Sue Bird    Seattle Storm
Bird is dealing with left knee soreness and has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Lynx.

RotoWire Analysis

It sounds like just a minor ailment for Bird, though she's now being listed as day-to-day moving forward. Noelle Quinn is expected to jump into the starting lineup in her place, while players like Jewell Loyd and Breanna Stewart will likely take on a bigger responsibility offensively. Bird's next opportunity to see the floor will be Friday against the Stars.
Riquna Williams    Los Angeles Sparks    GTD    Knee
Williams (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Mystics, HoopsFeed.com reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Williams has missed the last three games with a left knee strain and it continues to linger, which will keep her sidelined yet again Wednesday. With just two days until Friday's tilt with the Sky, it seems unlikely Williams will be cleared, but consider her questionable for that contest in the meantime. Williams has averaged just 17.7 minutes per game thus far in the season, meaning her absence shouldn't have a drastic impact on the regular rotation.
Essence Carson    Los Angeles Sparks
Carson (elbow) will be sidelined for Wednesday's contest against the Mystics, HoopFeed.com reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Wednesday's absence will mark Carson's sixth missed game with a lingering elbow injury. Odyssey Sims should continue to see additional touches as a result.
Elena Delle Donne    Washington Mystics    OUT    Thumb
Delle Donne (thumb) will not play during Wednesday's tilt against the Sparks.

RotoWire Analysis

Delle Donne, who was set a timetable for return of "at least two weeks" after she injured her thumb during the last game of July, will not play Wednesday. We've passed the two-week mark, so she should likely be considered day-to-day from here on out. Emma Meesseman will likely continue seeing the bulk of additional touches in Delle Donne's absence.
Lindsay Whalen    Minnesota Lynx    OUT    Hand
Whalen is expected to be out until early September after surgery to repair a broken bone in her hand, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Whalen has missed three games with the injury. Renee Montgomery is expected to continue to start at point guard while Whalen is out.
Injured Players Likely To Return Today
Player Team Injury
Moriah Jefferson San Antonio Stars Knee
Angel Robinson Phoenix Mercury Knee
Riquna Williams Los Angeles Sparks Knee

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Players Likely To Return Soon
Player Injury Est. Return
Bria Holmes Ankle 8/23/2017
Cheyenne Parker Ankle 8/25/2017
Elena Delle Donne Thumb 8/25/2017
Natasha Cloud Hip 8/25/2017
Glory Johnson Suspension 8/26/2017
Rebekkah Brunson Ankle 9/1/2017
Lindsay Whalen Hand 9/7/2017
Angel McCoughtry Rest 10/1/2017
Astou Ndour Undisclosed 10/18/2017
Jamierra Faulkner Knee 11/1/2017
Players Out or on IR
Player Team Est. Return