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Brendan Haywood expected to miss 12 weeks with stress fracture

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The regular season hasn't even started yet and the Bobcats are already facing injuries.

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

According to Kurt Helin of NBCSports.com, "Bobcats center Brendan Haywood is expected to miss 12 weeks following surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot."

Although Haywood isn't a critical player at this point in his career, it's still not a good thing for the Bobcats that they're already facing the injury bug before the regular season has even started. I wrote about the Bobcats depth at the center position last week and this injury is definitely going to test that.

Some things we know now because of this injury: Al Jefferson is going to be facing a heavy load to begin the season. We already knew that Jefferson was going to play a lot of minutes this season and now we might see him play even more. Haywood's role on the court for the Bobcat was to fill out minutes, give guys like Jefferson a breather, this injury prevents that.

We are going to be seeing Bismack Biyombo almost exclusively at the center position these 12 weeks. There was a possibility of seeing Biyombo play some power forward and the team playing big. Now that Haywood has been injured I doubt we'll be seeing as much of that.

This is going to be a test for the Bobcats front office, big men, and new head coach Steve Clifford. The Bobcats could sign journeyman Patrick O'Bryant from their training camp squad, pull up a big man from the D-League or they could just leave it as be and roll with what they got. It will definitely be interesting to see how they respond.