Meyers Leonard Injury: Updates on Trail Blazers Forward's Shoulder and Return

Scott PolacekFeatured Columnist

Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard (11) reacts after a play in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in Washington. The Trail Blazers won 108-98. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard suffered a dislocated shoulder at practice on March 16 that required surgery. He has been shut down for the season. 

Continue for updates.


Leonard Undergoes Season-Ending Surgery 

Friday, April 8

Leonard will be out six to eight months after Friday's surgery to repair his shoulder, per Casey Holdahl, digital reporter for the Trail Blazers


Leonard Once Again Dealing with Shoulder Injury

Leonard already missed seven games earlier this season when he dislocated the same shoulder during Portland’s 113-101 loss to San Antonio on Nov. 11. The Illinois product started the initial nine games of the 2015-16 campaign but has largely come off the bench behind Noah Vonleh since that injury.

Here is a look at Leonard’s numbers this season:

Meyers Leonard's 2015-16 Per-Game Numbers
GamesMinutesPointsAssistsReboundsField-Goal PercentageThree-Point Percentage
6121.98.41.55.144.837.7
ESPN.com

He can stretch the floor at 7’1”, which makes him a nightmare matchup for many opposing big men, but is also capable of banging around down low on the glass.

Vonleh will likely continue to serve as the starting power forward in the playoffs, and the Trail Blazers also have a rotation of big men such as Chris Kaman, Ed Davis and Mason Plumlee to shoulder more minutes with Leonard gone for the season.