Tuesday , Feb , 14 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Wizards’ Hayes has successful surgery on fractured patella

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Washington Wizards guard Jarvis Hayes
underwent successful surgery on Tuesday to repair a non-healed right patella
fracture.

In six-to-eight weeks, Hayes will be reevaluated and no return date has been
set.

Hayes suffered the injury on December 16 in a game against the Los
Angeles Lakers and has missed the last 29 games.

“Jarvis is a big part of our team and it is unfortunate that this injury
hasn’t healed properly,” Wizards president of basketball operations Ernie
Grunfeld said. “After reviewing Jarvis’ progress, it was decided that the best
course of action was to have the injury surgically repaired. We expect Jarvis
to make a full recovery.”

Dr. Stephen Haas, Dr. Marc Connell and Dr. Ben Shaffer performed the surgery
at Sibley Hospital in Washington, DC.

The 10th overall pick by the Wizards in 2003, Hayes averaged 9.3 points and
3.6 rebounds in 21 games this season before getting hurt. He owns career
averages of 9.8 points and 3.9 boards over 145 all-time games.

WAS