Rodney Hood Injury: Updates on Jazz SG's Knee and Return

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 07: Rodney Hood #5 of the Utah Jazz dribbles the ball against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the game on January 7, 2017 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood has not played sinceΒ was ruled out for the remainder of his team's Feb. 1 game against the Milwaukee Bucks after he suffered a hyperextended right knee. It is unclear when he will be able to return.

Continue for updates.

Latest on Hood's Playing Status

Saturday, Feb. 11

Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reported Hood is expected to be out until after the All-Star break.

Hood's MRI Results Revealed

Thursday, Feb. 2

The Jazz announced an MRI showed Hood suffered a bone contusion and a Grade 1 LCL sprain.

Another Knee Injury for Hood

This is another setback for Hood, who suffered a bone bruise in his knee earlier in the season.

The former first-round pick appeared in just 50 games as a rookie in 2014-15, but he was durable last season, appearing in 79 contests. Hood averaged 14.5 points per game in his second NBA season and has posted similar numbers in 2016-17, coming into the Feb. 1 game with 13.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per contest behind 42.1 percent shooting from the field.

The 6'8" swingman presents a matchup problem for opposing defenses because of his ability to shoot from deep (36.5 percent from three-point range) and score in the lane if defenders close in on him. He entered play Feb. 1 third on the team in scoring.

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Utah can turn to Joe Ingles and Joe Johnson on the wing if Hood misses more time, and it still has Gordon Hayward to carry the scoring load.

Still, the Jazz are in the middle of the postseason race as the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference, and Hood's presence in the rotation is one reason why. They could use him back and healthy before the stretch run as a solid scoring option when opposing defenses focus on Hayward.