February 24, 2012; Orlando FL, USA; Western Conference forward LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers (12) during the West all-stars press conference at the Hilton Orlando. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Aldridge Injury Downgraded to Quad Strain

After meeting with team doctors, it was determined that LaMarcus Aldridge suffered a left quad strain, instead of the previously reported hip flexor strain. This is excellent news, as a quad strain is generally far less severe. Aldridge’s time table to return has not been announced, though he tweeted that he should be able to return to the court in short order.



Every Blazer fan in Rip City should be wiping away some anxious sweat, since without Aldridge Portland’s early season record would have been very much jeopardized. For an anticipated fringe playoff team, it’s very important that all the stars stay healthy at all times.

However, Will Barton (concussion) and Mo Williams (sprained ankle) will still miss some valuable pre-season time. Unless the injuries continue to pile (as has happened for Portland in the past), the Blazers should be more or less healthy by the time the regular season arrives.

More updates as the situation develops.

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  • Alex Karamanis

    I’m glad LaMarcus’s injury isn’t as severe as was first reported. I’m still concerned about Barton and Williams. A sprained ankle is the kind of thing that can nag an athlete past the time of perceived “recovery,” so I hope Mo takes it easy for s few weeks, so that he can be ready to resume full speed without risk of re-injury. Barton’s injury, of the three mentioned above, is actually the most severe. As we all know from reading about former NFL players whose lives have ended early because of brain injuries, concussions are not something to just shrug off. It would be best if Barton were to take enough time to make absolutely certain that he is not suffering any effects from the concussion before he resumes play. Then, if a repeat concussion occurs in the next year or two, he should really consider quitting the game, rather than become a brain-damaged person whose life can end prematurely.