via the Chronicle:
Pending the opinion of a third doctor to examine Patterson, the Rockets are expected to wait two weeks to evaluate Patterson in hopes he can avoid surgery, Patterson’s agent, Odell McCants, said.
This was surprising. What seemed like just another run-of-the-mill injury might require surgery. I had assumed, when the news broke, that he’d just be out a few days. Too bad for Pat – he had been really rounding into form.