Eric Gordon Injury: Updates on Hornets Guard's Knee

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IDecember 22, 2012

The talented yet injury-plagued Eric Gordon is close to returning to action.


UPDATE: Wednesday, January 2 at 6:50 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

Despite a strong two-game performance after returning from knee surgery, the New Orleans Hornets will rest Gordon on the second half of a back-to-back against the Houston Rockets.

Houston Chronicle writer Jonathan Feigen reported the news on Twitter before tipoff:

Eric Gordon sitting out tonight for the second half of the back to back as he works his way back from knee injury.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) January 2, 2013

It appears this is nothing more than precautionary, and after finally getting Gordon back for the 2012-13 season, there's no need to risk tiring his oft-injured body—his biggest weakness since being drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers.

We'll keep an eye on Gordon after tonight, but chalk this one up to the medical staff playing it safe.

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UPDATE: Saturday, December 29 at 5:37 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt, Gordon will play for the first time this season versus the Charlotte Bobcats Saturday night:

Hornets place G Eric Gordon on the active list and he is expected to play for the first time this season vs. Charlotte tonight.

— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) December 29, 2012


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UPDATE: Wednesday, December 26 at 11:36 a.m. ET

Good news for Hornets fans and fantasy owners as Eric Gordon continues to progress, though he is not expected to play tonight, according to Hornets reporter Jennifer Hale.

Eric Gordon here in Orlando, working out w/ #Hornets during shoot around. Not expected to play tonight vs #Magic.

— Jennifer Hale (@JenHale504) December 26, 2012

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This has to be music to the ears of New Orleans Hornets fans. Since coming over in the trade that sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers, Gordon has appeared in just nine games out of a possible 92. 

The's Jim Eichenhofer has the report of his pending return. 

Dell Demps said Eric Gordon, who is working out on the NOLA hardwood as we speak, has been cleared for full contact.

— Jim Eichenhofer (@Jim_Eichenhofer) December 23, 2012

In a quote captured by's Jimmy Smith, Demps, the Hornets general manager, also offered up this: 

He worked out today and we'll integrate him into practices next week, and then we'll make evaluations and hopefully get him back soon. Once he's at a point where we feel he's ready to play an NBA game, then we'll have him play.

Gordon has been hobbled by a knee injury that he suffered during his first game with the Hornets. He initially did not go the surgery route but then opted to have arthroscopic knee surgery last February. 

While no timetable was given for his return, the fact that he has been cleared for full contact and will return to practice indicates it is simply a matter of getting him into game shape. And the Hornets (5-21) can certainly use him. 

The Hornets have currently lost 10 straight, and they are 29th in the NBA in scoring. Gordon, 23, should give that anemic offense a boost. Granted, he only played in nine games last season, but in those nine he averaged 20.6 points per game. The season prior to that, he put up 22.3 points per game. 

With Gordon, the question is not about his production or play, but simply a matter of if he can stay healthy. Let's hope he enjoys better luck in this department this time around.