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Report: Kawhi Leonard injury not career-threatening

Kawhi Leonard

San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard is out again with that pesky right quadricep injury, which already had him sidelined the first three months of the season.

After returning for a short time, the Spurs announced Leonard would be out indefinitely with the same injury. But those close to the star forward said his injury will not threaten his career, per Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News.

Despite the announcement earlier this week that Kawhi Leonard will be out an “indefinite period” to continue rehabbing his right quadriceps tendinopathy injury, the two-time All-Star doesn’t plan to sit out the rest of the season, according to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and those close to Leonard.

“It’s not a setback,” a person close to Leonard told the Express-News, “just a regrouping.”

This is good news for the Spurs and their fans. But it adds to a saga of confusion surrounding Leonard’s injury in the first place. No one really knew what was wrong with him and why exactly he was out as much time as he was.

And now that Leonard will miss even more time, it begs the question of just how serious this injury is for him. The team is saying it’s not serious and he does not plan to miss the rest of the season.

But there has to come a point where you wonder what will happen to Leonard going forward. If he feels like the injury is not a setback, that’s good. But teams will always try to protect their players, and maybe this public announcement is how the Spurs are doing that.