Charlotte Bobcats center Brendan Haywood is expected to miss the next three months with a stress fracture in his left foot that will require surgery, according to a tweet Thursday afternoon from Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
Charlotte opens its regular season Oct. 30 with a game on the road against the Houston Rockets, so the injury will effectively keep the 33-year-old out until mid-January.
Haywood's absence will likely mean more playing time for a core frontcourt that includes Al Jefferson - recently acquired from the Utah Jazz - and rookie Cody Zeller. Patrick O'Bryant and Bismack Biyomb may also receive some additional minutes.
Last season, Haywood averaged career lows of 3.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in 19 minutes per game while making 61 appearances for the Bobcats. He was claimed off the waiver wire by Charlotte in July 2012 after being released from the Dallas Mavericks.
This past March, the Bobcats announced that he would miss the remainder of the season with a "stress reaction" in his left foot.