The Oklahoma City Thunder have announced that Andre Roberson had a setback in his rehabilitation from the injury sustained last January. Roberson will now be re-evaluated in two months.
Roberson’s initial injury was the ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee. According to the Thunder, Roberson was on pace to returning to the floor in November. A suture caused discomfort in Roberson’s knee however, forcing the Thunder to go through with a procedure to ease the pain.
All signs have pointed to the Thunder defensive stopper being close to a return to full-contact in practice, paving the way for his return to the floor.
Roberson underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to relieve inflammation on his left knee on May 29. His initial surgery took place on January 29th, ending his season. This procedure to remove the suture was not arthroscopic.
“He’s certainly a huge loss,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said on January 27th. “Everyone’s been able to see that since he’s kinda come back to us and what he’s been able to do defensively. And he’s found a way to be, offensively, a really effective player for us.”
Second-year Thunder player Terrance Ferguson has started for Roberson in both last Sunday’s scrimmage and in the first preseason game last night. It is safe to assume that Ferguson will remain in the starting line up until Roberson returns.
According to Donovan, Roberson had yet to be cleared to move into contact drills and was not moving laterally as of training camp. He had been participating in post-practice drills.
“Obviously we were in contact today and into running up and down the floor so it was hard for him to do much,” Donovan said on the first day of training camp last week. “I thought he did a good job staying engaged in practice. Again, there are things that he can do in things that relates to shooting and some movement but there are certain things you can’t do. So he’ll continue to progress and move closer and closer to being able to play.”
December 4th is two months from today. The Thunder will have played 22 games by that time.