Tracking WNBA Injuries & Players Sitting Out 2020 Due To Coronavirus Concerns, More


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WNBA Injuries & Players Sitting Out 2020

Player Team Reason
Liz Cambage Aces Medical Exemption
Kelsey Plum Aces Injury (Achilles)
JiSu Park Aces Opted Out
Renee Montgomery Dream Opted Out
Tiffany Hayes Dream Opted Out
Maite Cazorla Dream Opted Out
Bernadett Határ Fever Injury
Jessica Breland Mercury Medical Exemption
Elena Delle Donne Mystics Expected To Sit
Tina Charles Mystics Medical Exemption
Natasha Cloud Mystics Opted Out
LaToya Sanders Mystics Opted Out
Asia Durr Liberty Opted Out
Rebecca Allen Liberty Opted Out
Jessica Shepard Lynx Injury (ACL Recovery)
Cecilia Zandalasini Lynx Opted Out
Kiah Gillespie Sky Opted Out
Jantel Lavender Sky Injury (Foot Surgery)
Chiney Ogwumike Sparks Opted Out
Kristi Toliver Sparks Opted Out
Maria Vadeeva Sparks Opted Out
Kitija Laksa Storm Opted Out
Jonquel Jones Sun Opted Out

The above information is current as of July 25 and was compiled from various sources, namely team previews as well as local news reports.

With coronavirus forcing a shortened season and issues of racial justice taking center stage in the United States over the summer, there’s a long list of WNBA players who are sitting out the 2020 season for a variety of personal reasons — not to mention injuries that will sideline others for the duration of the 22-game schedule.

Above is a comprehensive list of players who will miss the upcoming campaign due to injury, medical exemption or otherwise opting out (ordered alphabetically by team mascot).

Here’s some more background on a few of the players highlighted above:

  • Elena Delle Done is expected to sit out after the WNBA rejected the 2019 MVP’s request for medical exemption due to Lyme disease.
  • Some players, including Natasha Cloud and Renee Montgomery, have explicitly said they will sit out the season to focus on issues of racial justice.
  • Players not based in the U.S., such as JiSu Park of South Korea, are opting to stay in their home country.

Below is another version of the table above, which you can search and sort by player and team.

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