The Trail Blazers roster has endured two significant injury setbacks in recent days. On Monday, it was revealed that CJ McCollum suffered a hairline fracture in his left foot. During Tuesday’s media availability, McCollum discussed his path to recovery.
NBC Sports Northwest’s Jamie Hudson captured McCollum’s comments on the subject. According to the former Lehigh standout, this fracture is drastically different than the injuries he suffered in college.
McCollum explained, “The severity of it is different. It doesn’t require surgery. It’s a different part of the foot. A Jones fracture is what I had previously – it’s a very common sports injury. This injury that I have [now] is very unique because of how I got it — it’s not a contact injury, it’s not a direct impact to the foot.”
McCollum went on to explain that he is focused on looking forward and controlling what he can control.
“This is one of those situations where it’s not much I could’ve done. Maybe if I had done a left handed lay-up, he wouldn’t have fell on top of me,” McCollum grinned. “But it is what it is. I think I’m at the point in my life where — you can control what you can control. I’m not going to feel sorry for myself.”
In regards to his return to action, McCollum explained that he plans on returning when he feels ready.
“I don’t have a timeline. I’ll return when I feel like myself.”
Prior to his injury, McCollum was producing a career-best 26.7 points per game.
You can read the full story form Hudson at NBC Sports Northwest.