The Mystics said Austin's recovery is expected to be four to six months, so it is uncertain whether she'll be available for the start of the 2024 season in May.
The 6-foot-5 Austin was the No. 3 draft pick in 2022 out of Ole Miss, where she transferred after starting her college career at Maryland. She averaged 8.7 points and 6.5 rebounds in 2022 and was named to the WNBA's all-rookie first team.
This past season, she averaged 10.0 points and 7.0 rebounds, but was limited to 19 games because of injury.