MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering a left knee injury Wednesday night, but it appears he avoided major injury.

Timberwolves officials said Thursday an MRI showed Teague suffered a Grade 1 sprain of his medial collateral ligament. The MRI showed no structural damage. It’s a sigh of relief for Timberwolves fans as the injury looked to be much worse, and potentially season-ending.

Teague went down late in regulation of the Timberwolves’ 128-125 win over the Denver Nuggets. He was going for a loose ball when a defender backed into his left leg. He went down to the ground in immediate pain and was able to limp back to the locker room, but didn’t return.

The injury means Tyus Jones will likely take over as the starting point guard in Teague’s absence. Jones has started three games this season, and Minnesota went 2-1 in those games.

In 31 games, Teague is averaging 13.4 points and 7.3 assists per game.

In 35 games, Jones is averaging 4.1 points, 2.6 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game.

Teague is out indefinitely and will miss Thursday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

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