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Hawks’ John Collins to miss several more weeks

The Hawks will be without John Collins for Wednesday’s home opener and beyond as the power forward deals with an ankle injury. Collins will miss several more weeks with a return date that is likely in early November, according to a person familiar with the situation. He would miss nine more games with a return likely in the second week of November.

Collins has not yet returned to on-court activity and will need to work his way back into playing shape before a return is possible.

Collins missed the first three games of the regular season due to the injury to his left ankle. He underwent an MRI exam and a non-surgical procedure, described as an injection, on Oct. 2 after experiencing mild inflammation and soreness before the start of the regular season. He appeared in one and a half exhibition games.

The second-year player and likely starter, was said to be on track in his recovery following a recent visit to a physician. Collins will be re-evaluated by Hawks’ staff on Tuesday.

The Hawks’ home opener against the Mavericks

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Last season, Collins was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team after averaging 10.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 blocks.

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