The Utah Jazz got the frustrating news Friday night that Dante Exum’s latest injury is, once again, likely to keep him off the floor for an extended period of time.
Just three games after returning from a sprained ankle and bone bruise that kept him out for 24 games, Exum suffered a torn patellar tendon in his right knee. While the Jazz have yet to rule Exum out for the season, they haven’t set an evaluation period for the fifth-year guard, which means he’s likely to miss an extended period of time.
Full ruptures require surgery and may take six to 12 months to fully recover, according to the NBA’s website. Exum’s patellar tendon is only partially torn and the Jazz have yet to announce a surgery for the injury. That means it’s possible he can return to the floor without going under the knife.
In either case, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Exum’s season with the Jazz has come to a premature end.
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