Washington Bullets center Pervis Ellison will undergo a magnetic resonance imaging today to determine the extent of the damage to the medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
If he is lost to the team for a lengthy period, the Bullets will search for a replacement on a roster that is currently composed of a league-minimum eight players.
Ellison was injured Friday night during a 92-91 loss to the Orlando Magic while trying to block a drive by Nick Anderson. He was walking with a significant limp while his teammates practiced yesterday.
"As soon as we get the results [of the MRI] back, we'll know whether we have to go get a replacement," said coach Wes Unseld. "If he's out for a couple of weeks, we'll be looking to bring someone in, but there isn't a whole lot to really look at out there."
Unseld and general manager John Nash, who has been on the road, will confer today about the roster problems after they receive Ellison's examination results. They are down to one center, veteran Charles Jones, with rookie starting forward Tom Gugliotta the backup.