Candace Parker out six weeks

Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker will miss approximately six weeks due to a torn lateral meniscus in her right knee, the team announced Monday evening.

An MRI earlier Monday revealed the injury.

"I appreciate all of the kind thoughts and prayers that have come my way in the last 24 hours. They have truly helped," Parker said. "I look forward to picking up where I left off and contending for a WNBA championship."

Parker, who was limited to 10 games last year due to a shoulder injury, suffered the injury after grabbing a defensive rebound with 5:56 to go in the third quarter and making contact with New York's Quanitra Hollingsworth.

After staying down while holding her knee for a few minutes, she limped off the court and went to the locker room and did not return. The Sparks announced later Sunday that Parker would have the MRI in Los Angeles on Monday.

"We look forward to Candace making a full recovery," Sparks vice president and general manager Penny Toler said.

The Sparks have lost consecutive contests to start a seven-game road swing that continues at Connecticut on Tuesday night.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.