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Thunder’s Andre Roberson suffers avulsion fracture, to be re-evaluated in 6 weeks

Andre Roberson, Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Andre Roberson suffered yet another setback in his recovery from a torn patellar tendon, feeling discomfort after landing on a move during his workout Thursday and resulting in an avulsion fracture in his left leg, according to Brett Dawson of The Athletic. Roberson will take six weeks to heal then be re-evaluated by the team.

Roberson originally ruptured the patellar tendon of his left knee on Jan. 27, needing a second (this time arthroscopic) procedure in late May to accelerate his recovery. The defensive ace then had another setback in early October, needing a third procedure that was bound to keep him out for two months.

All of that brings us to this, now another bump in the road, but one that won’t require going under the knife.

The Thunder were hoping to get their defensive hawk back on the court at some point before Christmas, but the six-week timetable will have him miss more than half of this season’s regular-season games, likely aiming for a re-evaluation around Jan. 11 — nearly an entire calendar year after first suffering the initial injury.

The Thunder have won seven of their last 10 games and have navigated the start of the season successfully despite being in an ultra-competitive conference like the West, in which all but one team (Phoenix Suns) have won nine or more games, with last season’s leader, the Houston Rockets, sitting close to the bottom at 9-11.

OKC is hoping Roberson’s recovery goes right this time around and will likely operate with the utmost caution, hoping the injury isn’t chronic by now and present long-term implications.