MINNEAPOLIS — The Lynx may be considerably shorthanded when their title defense commences May 16.
The team announced Monday forward Devereaux Peters is out indefinitely with an injury to her left knee. She’ll undergo an arthroscopy later this week at TRIA Orthopedics in Bloomington, Minn.
Peters tore the ACL in the same knee to end each of her first two years of college at Notre Dame. Last season, her second in the WNBA, the third overall pick in the 2012 draft played in all 34 games, averaging 4.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and one block per game.
Lynx guard Monica Wright underwent the same operation for a similar injury, also to her left knee, April 25 and is expected to miss the start of the season.
That leaves Lindsay Whalen, Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus, Janel McCarville, Rebekkah Brunson and Lindsey Moore as returners from last year’s WNBA championship squad. Minnesota, winners of two of the past three league titles, opened preseason play against the Australian National Team on Monday and has its regular season opener May 16 at Washington.
Maya Moore, McCarville, Whalen and Augustus dressed for Monday’s exhibition, but only Moore started.