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