How long is Scoot Henderson out? Insider gives update on Blazers guard

Scoot Henderson, Portland Trail Blazers (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
Scoot Henderson, Portland Trail Blazers (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) /

Portland Trail Blazers rookie guard Scoot Henderson has missed the team’s last three games with an ankle injury. When can fans expect him to return?

Here’s the latest update.

How long will Scoot Henderson be out?

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, this year’s No. 3 pick is expected to miss a few more weeks as he recovers from the ankle injury he suffered on Nov. 1 against the Detroit Pistons.

“Blazers’ prized rookie Scoot Henderson is expected to miss two more weeks with a bone bruise in his right ankle,” Charania said.

Scoot’s suffering from some discomfort in the ankle, Shams added, and will continue to rehab for the next few weeks.

Where do the Blazers turn after Scoot’s latest injury update?

Unfortunately, Henderson is only one of Portland’s key players currently shelved. Anfernee Simons, Scoot’s backcourt running mate, is recovering from surgery on his thumb and isn’t expected to return for about another month.

Malcolm Brogdon, who has filled in for both Henderson and Simons since their respective injuries, exited the Blazers’ most recent game against the Sacramento Kings with a hamstring injury after only five minutes. Center Robert Williams III will be forced to have surgery on his right knee and miss the rest of the season.

For now, it will be Skylar Mays soaking up most of the Trail Blazers’ point guard minutes. Shaedon Sharpe will continue to have an expanded offensive role, as will Jerami Grant. Head coach Chauncey Billups will need to find playmaking and scoring elsewhere, though, perhaps from Mays or Deandre Ayton.

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It’s a bad break for a player who was expected to challenge for NBA Rookie of the Year but has yet to get said rookie year off the ground.