Al Jefferson Injury: Updates on Bobcats Star's Foot and Return

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IApril 20, 2014

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Updates from Monday, April 28

Al Jefferson has been ruled out for Game 4 vs. Miami (via the Bobcats):

Following the decision, Clifford spoke about Jefferson's injury (via Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel):

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer passed on a statement from Jefferson discussing his injury status:

Updates from Sunday, April 27

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer provides a synopsis of Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford discussing Al Jefferson's potential availability for tomorrow's game:

Updates from Saturday, April 26

ESPN's Michael Wallace provides an update on Al Jefferson's recovery process:

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer has the latest on Jefferson:

Updates from Wednesday, April 23

After playing 10 minutes and logging two points and three rebounds in Game 2 against Miami, Al Jefferson went to the locker room according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida SunSentinel:

CNN's Rachel Nichols and Bobcats TV host Stephanie Ready provided more info:

Bleacher Report's Ethan Skolnick added more information:

Following along below to see how Jefferson's status progressed throughout the day:

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer provided a statement from Al Jefferson as well as an image of Jefferson in his walking boot:

Bonnell continued with a statement from Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford discussing Jefferson's injury status:

Just 30 minutes before Game 2 tipped off, Jefferson made his decision according to Bonnell:

Updates from Tuesday, April 22

The Bobcats have updated Al Jefferson's status via the team's public relations Twitter account:

Head coach Steve Clifford also talked about Jefferson's status (via Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer):

Updates from Monday, April 21

Steve Reed of the Associated Press provides a synopsis of Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford discussing Al Jefferson's injury status:

CBS Sports' Ken Berger provided a synopsis of Clifford discussing Jefferson's status for Game 2:

Original Text

Talk about adding insult to injury.    

Sunday's loss for the Charlotte Bobcats to the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat was one thing, but they did so with a hobbled Al Jefferson. The Bobcats' leading scorer and rebounder on the season came down awkwardly on his foot and suffered plantar fasciitis.

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reported the news on Twitter after the game with analysis from head coach Steve Clifford:

Michael Wallace of ESPN and Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press provide more information about Jefferson's injury:

During the regular season, Jefferson was the catalyst for the Bobcats as he averaged 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.

Clifford noted just how important the big man is to the success of Charlotte in the postseason:

His presence in the paint early on was a huge problem for the Heat, as the Bobcats held a 23-19 lead after the first quarter. Jefferson still finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, just below his season average, but was clearly hampered by the injury trying to get up and down the court.

Jefferson's injury in the first quarter was a huge setback for the team, as he struggled after going to the locker room, as ESPN Stats and Info points out:

Jefferson spoke about his condition following the contest, telling reporters that he would fight through the pain, per Rachel Nichols of CNN:

The fortunate part for the Bobcats is the next game in the series doesn't come until Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ET on TNT. And with Jefferson already saying he plans to return regardless of his condition, the time to rest could help give the big man some time to heal.

But questions about his effectiveness will be asked up until the start of the game as Charlotte will once again be dependent on Jefferson. After struggling to get up and down the court on Sunday after the first quarter, playing against a transition team like the Heat could be a difficult feat for the center.

The severity of the injury hasn't been reported, but when more information comes through it will be added to this story.

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