CJ McCollum Injury: Updates on Trail Blazers Guard's Foot, Likely Return Date
Portland Trail Blazers rookie guard C.J. McCollum will miss an indeterminate period after suffering a fracture to the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot Saturday in practice, the team announced.
X-ray's confirm Portland G CJ McCollum sustained a fractured 5th metatarsal bone in his left foot at practice on Saturday at the PF.— Trail Blazers PR (@TrailBlazersPR) October 5, 2013
McCollum will undergo surgery to fix the injury, though the Trail Blazers are yet to set a date for the procedure:
A date for surgery has not been determined. Prognosis for his return will be made post surgery.— Trail Blazers PR (@TrailBlazersPR) October 5, 2013
McCollum underwent successful surgery on Oct. 16.
Updates From Monday, Dec. 9:
From Mike Tokito of The Oregonian:
CJ McCollum, for those asking, will have his X-ray/CT scan done in Portland on Wednesday.— Mike Tokito (@mtokito) December 10, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 16
Portland guard CJ McCollum successfully underwent a non-operative ultrasound procedure today to repair the fifth metatarsal fracture in his left foot. The procedure, which is designed to promote bone growth, was performed at the OrthoCarolina Foot and Ankle Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina by Dr. Robert Anderson.
McCollum will remain sidelined indefinitely and will be reevaluated in six weeks.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 15
NBA.com has the latest on McCollum:
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum will undergo a non-operative ultrasound procedure on Wednesday to repair the fifth metatarsal fracture in his left foot.
UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 6
Chris Haynes of csnnw.com provides some background information on how McCollum's injury occurred:
McCollum says he stepped on someone's foot, thought he rolled it. He went on to take a shower figuring it was a sprain. He was surprised.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) October 7, 2013
Joe Freeman of The Oregonian provides an update on McCollum's surgery:
#Blazers CJ McCollum said he has not scheduled a date for surgery on his left foot and does not know how long he will be sidelined.— Joe Freeman (@BlazerFreeman) October 7, 2013
When asked how long he'll be out, McCollum had a brief answer (via forwardcenter.net):"No sense at all. But I look forward to returning."
The date of his surgery will likely depend on how much swelling he has in the foot. He will undergo a pre-surgery phase in the interim, where trainers and team doctors will work on getting swelling down and preparing his foot for surgery.
McCollum was injured when running the baseline during team drills on Saturday. He was hit by a teammate and went down in pain, leaving practice early. Head coach Terry Stotts told
The injury is particularly concerning for Portland because it is a recurring condition. McCollum fractured the fifth metatarsal, which is a long bone residing on the top of the foot, during his senior season at Lehigh. Expected to miss just eight to 10 weeks, McCollum was unable to return and saw questions about his health affect his draft stock.
Undeterred, the Blazers drafted the 6'4" combo guard with the 10th pick in June's draft. He was expected to play an integral role for Portland in improving a bench unit that finished last in the NBA in scoring. Last season at Lehigh, McCollum averaged 23.9 points and five rebounds per game.
Mo Williams, Earl Watson and Allen Crabbe are Portland's three other backup guards on the depth chart.
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