Blazers' CJ McCollum will miss at least 4 weeks with fractured left foot

Liz Roscher
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The Portland Trail Blazers announced some not-so-great news about CJ McCollum on Monday night. While he was first diagnosed with a sprain, he actually has a hairline fracture in his left foot and will miss at least a month.

McCollum left Saturday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks with a foot injury that was called a sprain after initial X-rays and an MRI. He was originally going to be reevaluated in a week, but additional imaging apparently revealed the fracture.

This is a big loss for the Blazers. McCollum has been one of their leading scorers and was on pace to likely make his first All-Star team this season. Through 13 games he’s put up career highs in points per game (26.7), assists per game (five), and 3-point shooting (44.1 percent). He’s a major contributor, and his absence was felt immediately: the Blazers lost 125-104 to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night.

McCollum will be reevaluated in four weeks, but there’s no guarantee he’ll be ready to come back by then. The fracture is in the same foot McCollum has broken two other times in his career, so the Blazers may want to be extra cautious with their star.

PORTLAND, OREGON - JANUARY 16: CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers has a conversation with a team attendant in the second quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Moda Center on January 16, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Blazers star CJ McCollum will miss at least four weeks with a hairline fracture in his left foot. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

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