Joel Przybilla Re-Ruptures Patella Tendon

From Casey Holdahl of

Trail Blazers center Joel Przybilla will undergo surgery on his right patella tendon in the next few days.

Przybilla re-ruptured his right patella tendon Saturday morning after slipping in the shower at his home in Milwaukee, Wis.

Joel initially had surgery on December 24. His status for the offseason and training camp was already in question. Casey’s report says there is no timetable for return, but you have to wonder whether he’ll be ready for the start of the 2010 season now. Best wishes to Joel and his family.

UPDATE: Here’s Jason Quick with more from

The team said there is no timetable for his return. After his original injury and surgery, the team estimated a return at 6-to-8 months. But a source said because this is a re-injury, the timetable for his return can be more difficult to determine. Training camp is seven months away.

A doctor I spoke to today speculated that Joel would be out for all of the 2010-11 season, which is the final year of his contract, assuming he picks up his player option this summer, at this point a sure thing.

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