The Portland Trail Blazers announced Tuesday that rookie guard CJ McCollum will undergo a "non-operative ultrasound procedure" to repair the broken bone in his left foot. McCollum will presumably undergo the procedure in lieu of a more traditional surgical approach.
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum will undergo a non-operative ultrasound procedure on Wednesday to repair the fifth metatarsal fracture in his left foot. The procedure, which is designed to stimulate bone growth, will be performed at the OrthoCarolina Foot and Ankle Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina by Dr. Robert Anderson.
McCollum has been listed as out indefinitely. Presumably a recovery timeline will be established after the procedure.
Dr. Robert Anderson has treated a number of professional athletes.
Christian Red of the New York Daily News reported in 2012 that New York Yankees All-Star Derek Jeter was one of Anderson's patients.
"People fly to (Anderson) from all over the country. Jeter is going to the real deal," Dr. Lewis Maharam, the past president of the New York Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, told the Daily News on Monday.
Anderson has treated and made recommendations for some of sports' biggest names, including the Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw and Hakeem Nicks, former Big Blue stars Plaxico Burress and Jeremy Shockey and recently retired Braves All-Star third baseman Chipper Jones. Anderson performed surgery on Nicks' right foot in May, after the wide receiver broke his fifth metatarsal. Jones met with Anderson in 2005 after experiencing chronic pain in his left foot. Anderson recommended no surgery and a different cleat design.
OrthoCarolina's website can be found right here.
McCollum discussed the injury, which occurred during training camp, right here.
McCollum previously broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot back in January, and he underwent surgery after sustaining that injury. His initial recovery timeline after that injury was set at 8-to-10 weeks but he did not return for the rest of the 2012-13 NCAA season. McCollum did not participate in the skills portion of the Chicago pre-draft combine in May but he went through a solo workout with the Blazers in June. He told reporters that he was fully healed prior to playing for the Blazers at the 2013 Las Vegas Summer League in July.
McCollum, 22, was taken with the No. 10 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. He averaged 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 34.6 minutes over five Summer League appearances.
McCollum -- who penciled as the fourth guard on the Blazers' depth chart behind Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews and Mo Williams -- was recently interviewed on Blazers Courtside. He was regarded by his peers as one of the favorites to win the 2014 Rookie of the Year award.
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