November 13, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Lehigh Mountain Hawks guard C.J. McCollum (3) brings the ball up court against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the second half at the Petersen Events Center. The Pittsburgh Panthers won 78-53. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Blazers Rookie C.J. McCollum Sidelined With Broken Foot

 

November 13, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Lehigh Mountain Hawks guard C.J. McCollum (3) handles the ball against pressure by Pittsburgh Panthers guard Tray Woodall (1) during the first half at the Petersen Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

C.J. McCollum was already being anointed as this season’s Damian Lilliard and a potential NBA Rookie of the Year candidate. Though, that’s going to be tough to live up to while sidelined with a broken foot.

According to The Columbianthat seems to be the case:

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.

That’s a real shame, because McCollum looked like he could’ve really helped the Blazers off the bench this season. I predicted that he would find his way the a sixth man role, but now seems highly unlikely. Now it’s up to Mo Williams to do even more at the start of the season.

Blazers fans, you got what you asked for. MO TIME.

According to various health websites, a return to the court (after surgery) could take up to three months. The fact that McCollum has had this injury before (in college) could extend that period, though.

In fairness, we just won’t speculate yet.

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