Al Jefferson Injury: Updates on Hornets Star's Groin and Return

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIDecember 30, 2014

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Al Jefferson strained his groin during a game versus Milwaukee on Dec. 29. Despite indications that he was set to miss an indefinite amount of time, Jefferson will return to the lineup Monday night.

Continue for updates.  

Jefferson Will Return to Lineup Monday

Monday, Jan. 19

The Charlotte Hornets announced that Jefferson will play Monday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves:

Charlotte Hornets @hornets

INJURY UPDATE: Big Al Jefferson will be active in today's #MINvsCHA game - will be the first time Big Al comes off the bench in 7 years.

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer noted that his playing time will be limited:

Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

Al Jefferson will play off the bench today, no more than 16 minutes.

The Hornets provided an update on Jefferson's status on Friday noting that he could be returning soon, so it's clear that Jefferson was making progress:

Charlotte Hornets @hornets

UPDATE: Al Jefferson says he could be back on the court as soon as Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Jan. 14, Bonnell reported there was no timetable for Jefferson's return to the floor so this looked to be an improvement. Now that he's active, the team will expect him to contribute and gradually increase his playing time in the coming games.

Jefferson Starts On-Court Workouts

Wednesday, Jan. 14

Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reported an update on Jefferson's recovery from a strained groin:

Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

Promising sign: Al Jefferson (groin strain) has started doing some on-court workouts.

Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

Clifford said there is no timetable for Al Jefferson's return.

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Jefferson out for a Month

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer passed along some bad news to Hornets fans regarding Al Jefferson's injury:

Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

Per Hornets, Al Jefferson will miss a minimum of four weeks with left groin injury.

Jefferson Strains Groin

Monday, Dec. 29

Charlotte Hornets star center Al Jefferson left the floor during Monday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks with a strained groin.

The Hornets had the news on Jefferson's condition:

Charlotte Hornets PR @HornetsPR

Injury Update: @hornets Al Jefferson will not return tonight (strained groin). #MILvsCHA

Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer believes Jefferson could miss a few games:

Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

Sounds like Hornets might shut down Al Jefferson for a bit. He's really hurting with that groin strain.

Jefferson is a rare modern big man with an outstanding post game, and he's been a double-double machine at his apex, making his living down low. What is somewhat discouraging is that Jefferson has a history of injuries, most notably tearing his right ACL amid a career year in 2008-09.

The Hornets have failed to build on the momentum generated from last season's rather surprising run to the postseason. Even in the weaker Eastern Conference, Charlotte's turnaround was impressive, and Jefferson was a big part of it.

Thus, losing Jefferson for a significant period of time will only amplify the Hornets' problems—and fundamentally change the way their half-court offense operates.

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