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The Washington Bullets received a severe blow Sunday when when X-rays showed that forward John Williams had sustained damage to his right knee serious enough to keep him out from six to eight weeks.

Williams was examined Sunday morning at Sibley Hospital in Washington and was found to have a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee.Williams was admitted to Sibley. Bullets team physicians Dr. Richard Grossman and Dr. Steve Haas were to examine Williams Monday, and he will undergo arthroscopic surgery Monday afternoon.

Williams suffered the injury when he landed with his right leg extended out while going for a loose ball late Saturday night during a 100-98 loss to the Utah Jazz.

The injury comes at a time when Williams, a fourth-year pro from Louisiana State, was exhibiting the star-caliber play the Bullets had expected for several years.

After scoring just 10 points in back-to-back games, Williams had played exceptionally well the last three games.

Wednesday, in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks, he had 26 points, five rebounds and five assists. In a win Friday over the Philadelphia 76ers at Baltimore Arena, he had 20 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. Before being injured with 1 minute, 12 seconds left Saturday at Capital Centre, Williams had 17 points, eight assists and 10 rebounds.

Of all the Bullets, Williams, who plays all five positions, would seem to be the most difficult to replace.