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Rodney Hood injury update

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Grade 1 LCL sprain and bone contusion of his right knee

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Utah Jazz Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

In last night’s Utah Jazz victory over the Milwaukee Bucks starting shooting guard Rodney Hood hurt his knee after 8 minutes of action. He had recently returned from a right knee hyper-extension that kept him out of five games between January 16th - 24th. The Jazz announced that he’s going to be out for a little bit more.

From the press release:

The following is a medical update on Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood, who left last night’s win over Milwaukee at the 10:43 mark of the second quarter and did not return:

Hood was examined today by the Utah Jazz medical staff and underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) testing at University of Utah Health Care’s Orthopaedic Center, which showed a bone contusion on his right knee as well as a Grade 1 lateral collateral ligament (LCL) sprain.

Hood will be re-evaluated in one week, and further updates will be provided when appropriate.

Hood (6-8, 206, Duke) has appeared in 40 games (all starts) this season for the Jazz and is averaging 13.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 28.6 minutes per game. , February 2017

Okay, the LCL sprain isn’t great news but thankfully it’s only a Grade 1 sprain. He’s going to miss at least a week to get the swelling down, and his rehabilitation will ramp up after that. If it was urgent and if he was tough, like a Jeff Hornacek type of shooting guard, he could play sooner rather than later. I’m expecting later here, especially with the All-Star Weekend / Break coming up.

I expect him to come back for the February 24th road game against the Milwaukee Bucks. (So I’m expecting him to miss seven games.)