Here’s the full list of injured Celtics players and when they’re expected to return

Everything you need to know about Boston's perplexing injury woes.

Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Morris
Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Morris walk to the bench during a game last month. Michael Dwyer / AP

The injury bug has not been kind to the Celtics this year.

In a season that virtually began with one devastating break, injuries have again caught up with Boston, sidelining starters and key bench players as the team fights for a top playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.

“I’ve never been in a season like this,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Monday of his injury-riddled roster.

Here’s a look at each Celtics player who has been recently affected by injuries and when they’re expected to return to the floor.

Kyrie Irving

The Celtics star point guard sat out the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers with what he said was a sore left knee.


Irving had surgery on the knee in 2015 to fix a broken left kneecap, which reportedly still requires a minor follow-up procedure and resulted in nagging soreness last year as well. According to The Boston Globe, Irving began to experience pain in the knee again during the Celtics’ March 3 game against the Houston Rockets. The 25-year-old subsequently sat out the following game due to knee soreness. After returning last Thursday against the Minnesota Timberwolves and playing the first half of Sunday’s game, Irving suggested he may need to take some time off.

“It’s just been aching for a little bit,” he told reporters after Sunday’s game. “I just think I need to take some time.”

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Irving said Sunday he wasn’t too concerned, but said he thought it would be better to rest the knee more than the usual two or three days. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday that the Celtics are confident his knee soreness is “no more than tendonitis” and that he is considered “day-to-day.”

Stevens said Monday that he expects the team to “tread slowly” when it comes to Irving’s return, and USA Today reports that the timing of the point guard’s media availability indicates he may be out for at least the team’s upcoming two games, Wednesday and Friday.

Marcus Smart

It seems Smart’s right hand can’t catch a break.


Smart appeared to jam his thumb during Sunday’s game against the Pacers diving for a loose ball and reportedly complained it was hurting after the game.

Smart also had the sprained thumb in a protective cast after the game, according to the Boston Herald.

Yahoo’s Shams Charania reported Monday that Smart had torn a tendon in the thumb and would be out indefinitely, but Celtics general manager Danny Ainge disputed that report, telling the Herald that the 24-year-old had instead suffered ligament damage near the thumb. Ainge said the team wouldn’t know the exact extent of the injury for a couple of days.

Smart is reportedly seeking a second opinion on the thumb and is in the process of setting up a visit with a hand specialist in New York, according to TNT’s David Aldridge. Wojnarowski reports that it’s still unclear whether Smart could play through the injury or if he will need to miss time.

Daniel Theis

Theis appeared to bump knees with Pacers guard Victor Oladipo in the final minute of Sunday’s game. After reportedly limping out of the locker room Sunday night, the Celtics announced Monday that Theis’ season is “likely” over.

According to Charania, the German rookie tore his left meniscus and will need to have surgery. Stevens told reporters Monday that the team expects the 25-year-old to “have a full recovery.”

Jaylen Brown

Brown missed Sunday’s game after a frightening fall on his back and neck during Thursday’s game against the Timberwolves, which had players around the league concerned.


The 21-year-old (perhaps fortunately) only suffered a concussion, but is not expected to return this week. Stevens told reporters Sunday that Brown is still sore and “hasn’t even started a progression back,” according to the Globe.

“His head feels better, is the way he phrased it to me,” Stevens said. “And his body is starting to feel a little bit better. So he’s making progress but still I don’t anticipate him being on the court this week. But hopefully as we enter next week, we’ll see where he is in the protocol.”

Al Horford

Horford also missed Sunday’s game, but it was with an illness, rather than any injury. After trying to come in for Sunday’s game, the All-Star forward was told to stay home by the team, according to Stevens.

“He’s in bed, hurting,” the Celtics coach said Sunday of Horford’s fever.

USA Today reports that Horford was absent during Monday’s practice. His status is reportedly uncertain for Wednesday’s game against the Washington Wizards.

Shane Larkin

Larkin missed 10 straight games in late-January into February due to persistent knee soreness. And while evaluations reportedly found no structural damage, his playing time has been limited since his return last month. According to Gatehouse Media’s Scott Souza, the backup point guard continues to be on a minutes restriction, even with the team pressed for healthy bodies.

Gordon Hayward

The highly-sought offseason addition saw his first Celtics season come to an end roughly five minutes after it started, when he suffered a grisly fractured ankle in the team’s season opener. Following the injury, Hayward was effectively ruled out for the rest of the season, though the exact timeline of his recovery has been the subject of much speculation.


Earlier this month, Stevens made it clear as he could, after once again being asked about Hayward potentially returning this season.

“He’s not playing this year,” he said. “I don’t know what else to say.”