Meyers Leonard Injury Update
By sarahhecht Posted in: meyersleonard
As Trail Blazers fans, it’s tough to see one of our players fall to the floor and writhe in pain. We saw it earlier this season with Wesley Matthews—who is still recovering from a strained hip flexor—and unfortunately we saw it again tonight during Portland’s 89-85 defeat of the Philadelphia 76ers.
With 9:01 left in the fourth quarter, rookie center Meyers Leonard launched into the air to fight for a rebound. When he came down he landed on his right leg, which looked to buckle at both the ankle and knee, causing him to immediately hit the deck grimacing in pain.
He was helped off the court by teammates and limped straight back to the locker room with team trainer Jay Jensen. He didn’t return to the game, but instead was examined by medical staff.
Leonard underwent X-Rays, which were negative, and he’s listed as having a right ankle sprain. He won’t travel with the team when they leave for New York tomorrow and it’s unknown when he will rejoin them. Keep in mind, it’s completely normal not to travel when you sustain an injury that causes any kind of substantial swelling.
His availability is TBD.