Posted on: November 10, 2010 8:16 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:40 pm

Yao Ming leaves game with strained leg tendon

Houston Rockets center Yao Ming leaves Wednesday night's game against the Washington Wizards with a leg injury. Posted by Ben Golliver Houston Rockets center Yao Ming left Wednesday night's game against the Washington Wizards with what the Houston Chronicle is calling a "strained tendon in left leg."  According to the television broadcast, Yao apparently suffered the injury during the first quarter while defending a drive by Wizards center JaVale McGee in the paint. Yao absorbed contact in his chest and fell to the ground, and McGee's momentum caused him to trip over Yao's lower body. Shortly thereafter, Yao limped off the court to the locker room. Here's video of the play. Here's an extended version of the video posted over at Yao missed all of last season with a foot injury, so Rockets fans are holding their collective breath as we await further word regarding Yao's status.  We noted earlier today that the Rockets were considering lightening his limitation on playing time, which was imposed during the preseason. Yao has not been allowed to play more than 24 minutes in a game yet this season, as part of his rehabilitation and injury management process. Updates
  • The Houston Chronicle reports that, as of halftime, there is, "Not much news on Yao yet. Injury is not on the foot. No one seems too concerned. Getting treatment and could return, but unlikely." That sounds positive. 
  • Yao did not start for the Rockets as the second half of tonight's game resumed and, halfway through the third quarter, was ruled "out" for the night.
  • On Wednesday afternoon, The Chronicle reports that Yao's MRI "shows no further damage. It's a mild sprain of left ankle. Will be out a minimum of a week." 
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