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Blazers rookie C.J. McCollum breaks foot in practice, out indefinitely

Oct 5, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

CJ McCollum AP

The Portland Trail Blazers aren’t exactly the luckiest franchise when it comes to injuries suffered by its rookie players. That unfortunate tradition continued, with the team’s PR staff announcing on Saturday that C.J. McCollum will be out indefinitely after suffering a broken bone in his left foot that will require surgery.

From Erik Gundersen of The Columbian:

Terry Stotts initially told the media following practice Saturday that CJ McCollum had sprained his foot and left practice early.

However, the Trail Blazers public relations department later announced via twitter around 4:30 this afternoon that McCollum sustained a fracture of the 5th metatarsal bone. The Trail Blazers announce that a date has not been announced for surgery. This is the same left foot and same bone that McCollum broke during his senior season at Lehigh which also required surgery.

The Trail Blazers added that a prognosis will not be made until after the surgery is done.

McCollum was selected by the Blazers with the 10th overall pick in this summer’s NBA draft. He’s perhaps best known for scoring 30 points while leading his 15th seeded Lehigh team to an historic upset of the No. 2 seeded Duke Blue Devils in the 2012 NCAA Basketball Tournament.

  1. bruiserbrigade - Oct 5, 2013 at 9:35 PM


    -Nelson Muntz

  2. themagicfanguy - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    I hate when I see this stuff.

  3. papichulo55 - Oct 6, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Yo, bruiser, gave you the benefit of the doubt and looked up the wiki for Muntz. Couldn’t understand any humor found in a kid getting injured at the start of his career. Still not sure how anyone relates this injury to a 4th grade cartoon character. Can anybody explain it to me?

  4. coryfor3 - Oct 6, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Same bone in same foot? Troubling….

  5. bowmanj35 - Oct 6, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    as a lifetime Oregonian, I have to say, what an absolute and total surprise. I don’t know what it is, maybe this team should just move.

  6. spursareold - Oct 6, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Damn. This is becoming way too common, and even though they fix the bone, the players are usually never the same. Past first rounders who had this were Roddy Beaubois and James Anderson. Neither were the same after.

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