Portland Trail Blazers rookie guard CJ McCollum met with reporters on Friday in Boston, revealing that he is on track with his rehabilitation from a broken bone in his left foot and that his next evaluation will come in one month.
Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com reports...
Portland Trail Blazers rookie CJ McCollum (broken left foot) finally got the results back from the X-ray he took on Wednesday. The results came back as planned, he is progressing with no setbacks, McCollum told CSNNW.com.
In a month, McCollum will have a CT Scan, the next phase in his rehabilitation.
Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports on Twitter...
McCollum said he's been cleared for light shooting (roughly 50-60 shots a day) & will undergo more X-rays in about a month to [gauge] progress.
McCollum put up 60 shots today - the most he's attempted since his medical procedure - and said he did not experience any pain.
Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com reports on Twitter...
CJ McCollum says "everything is progressing as it should" in regards to his broken left foot.
The Blazers announced in early October that McCollum suffered the injury. Rather than undergo surgery, McCollum opted for a non-operative ultrasound procedure in mid-October. Following that procedure, the Blazers listed McCollum as out 'indefinitely" and noted that his first evaluation would come after six weeks.
So far, McCollum has missed four weeks. Friday's update suggests that he will miss at least eight weeks and will not be cleared until at least mid-December and that he will miss Portland's next 15 games, at minimum.
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 regarded by his peers as one of the favorites to win the 2014 Rookie of the Year award.
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