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Andre Roberson’s Return Pushed Back After MRI Reveals Avulsion Fracture

Andre Roberson’s Return Pushed Back After MRI Reveals Avulsion Fracture

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The Oklahoma City Thunder have announced that Andre Roberson has an avulsion fracture in his left knee after an MRI result. He will be reevaluated in six weeks.

This comes four days after Roberson was seen on the court during post-practice drills running, cutting and jumping/finishing lay-ups and dunks.

After experiencing discomfort in his left knee following a post-practice drill, Roberson underwent an MRI which diagnosed the fracture.

An avulsion fracture is described as, “an injury to the bone in a location where a tendon or ligament attaches to the bone,” and that “when an avulsion fracture occurs, the tendon or ligament pulls off a piece of the bone” according to

Roberson will undergo more rest and heavy icing on his left knee in the next few weeks under observation by the Thunder. Surgery could be required to completely repair the injury, but that is not certain at this time.

Billy Donovan spoke about Roberson’s progress and rehab on Monday.

“Andre continues to get better,” Donovan said Monday. “He’s progressing well. He’s been able to do some scripted 5-on-0 with us. In terms of physical contact, he’s not there yet.”

The original reevaluation date for Roberson was tentatively set around December 4th after a suture caused discomfort in his left knee back in early October.

On Thursday, Donovan reiterated that Roberson’s progress had not slowed and that his physical activity continued to progress each day.

Now that Oklahoma City will wait another six weeks, the reevaluation date is now set at January 11, 2019. The Thunder would have played more than half their schedule by that time.

That date will also place him around the one-year mark of his initial left patellar tendon tear back in January 27, 2018 during a win against the Detroit Pistons.




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Brady has covered the Oklahoma City Thunder since 2016. University of Oklahoma alum class of 2014. He has worked for the Franchise since April 2018. Co-Host of the OKC-82 Podcast. Member of the Basketball Insider's Show.

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