Oct 03

Aldridge (left hip flexor strain) and Barton (concussion) miss third day of training camp practice

By caseyholdahl

After avoiding injuries through the first two days of training camp, the Portland Trail Blazers lost LaMarcus Aldridge (left hip flexor strain), Will Barton (concussion) and Mo Williams (right ankle sprain) to various injuries on Thursday.

Aldridge was injured in a non-contact play during the team’s Wednesday night practice and was seen riding a stationary bike when media was let into the gym after Thursday’s practice.

“(Aldridge) was running up and down the court, wasn’t necessarily a scrimmage,” said head coach Terry Stotts. “There was no contact, just kind of a sniper got him.”

While Stotts said the Aldridge’s injury isn’t considered serious, he did say it was “not a day-to-day thing” and that it would “take a little bit of time” to heal.

“It’s concerning but it’s not serious,” said Stotts. “It’s going to take some time to heal. Fortunately it’s early in camp and we have time to rehab it and get it better.”

Stotts said his status for Sunday night’s Wells Fargo Fan Fest is to be determined.

Aldridge had surgery to repair a slight labral tear in his right hip near the end of the 2011-12 season, but has never had an issue with the left side of his hip.

As for Barton, no one seemed entirely sure how he sustained a concussion, but the prevailing assumption from players and coaches was that he caught an elbow to the head during a four-on-four drill.

“I know that he went up for a play and I think somebody’s elbow came down on him,” said Stotts. “I’m not sure if it was Meyers (Leonard) or not. Anyway, he went up and got hit on his head with an elbow.”

The NBA instituted a new policy on concussions in 2011, which require a player diagnosed with a concussion to “complete a series of steps to confirm that he’s healthy enough for competition. Once he is free of symptoms, the player must make it through increasing stages of exertion – from a stationary bike, to jogging, to agility work, to non-contact team drills – while ensuring the symptoms don’t return after each one. Then the neurologist hired to lead the NBA’s concussion program needs to be consulted before the player is cleared.”

The press release on the policy notes that the process takes at least “several days, if not weeks,” which would seem to indicate it is unlikely he will take part in Fan Fest and would also be in jeopardy of missing at least the first preseason game of the season against the Clippers on Oct. 9.


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