Roberson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday, Royce Young of ESPN reports.
Roberson underwent season-ending knee surgery back in January to repair a ruptured left patellar tendon, but has been dealing with some swelling recently that's resulted from his rehab. Rather than waiting for the swelling to reduce with time, Roberson has opted to have a scope performed to reduce the swelling and hopefully allow him to progress quicker in his rehab. The report also indicates that Roberson's patella recovery is going great, so the swelling and the arthroscopic procedure don't appear to be an overly concerning development. Roberson's availability for the start of training camp is unclear, however, so continue to monitor his status over the summer.
Roberson had to be stretchered off the court during Saturday's matchup against the Pistons and initial fears have now been confirmed, as Roberson's injury will cost him the rest of 2017-18 campaign. An exact timetable for a return is still unclear at this point in time, but another update should be released following his surgery, which will give us a better idea for whether or not he'll be ready for training camp next season. We should get periodic progress reports as Roberson moves through the recovery process, but in his absence, the likes of Terrance Ferguson, Josh Huestis and Alex Abrines stand to benefit with added playing time on the wing. When Roberson was hurt earlier this season, it was Ferguson that saw the most run. In seven starts as a fill-in, Ferguson averaged 6.4 points and 1.1 rebounds across 24.6 minutes.
The expectation is that Roberson will need to undergo season-ending surgery for a ruptured patellar tendon in his left leg, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
While this was somewhat expected, it's still brutal news for Roberson, who suffered the injury while going for an alley-oop during Saturday's game. He'll be reexamined in Oklahoma City in the coming days, but the expectation is that he'll be forced to miss the remainder of the season. In his absence, Terrance Ferguson, Alex Abrines and Josh Huestis should see some increased run.
According to preliminary reports, Roberson ruptured his patellar tendon during Saturday's game against the Pistons, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
This is tough news for the 26-year-old, who suffered the injury during the third quarter of Saturday's contest and was subsequently stretchered off the court. There is still further testing to be done, but things aren't looking great for Roberson; if the initial diagnosis is confirmed, he'll be forced to miss the remainder of the season. Either way, it sounds like the Thunder will be without their defensive specialist for an extended period, so look for Alex Abrines, Terrance Ferguson and Josh Huestis to benefit from increased playing time as a result.
Roberson was stretchered off the court in the third quarter of Saturday's game against the Pistons with an apparent leg injury, Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman reports.
Roberson went up to receive an alley-oop pass from Russell Westbrook, and his leg appeared to buckle before he fell hard to the floor. Roberson was able to move himself off the court, but the team's medical staff took him to the locker room on a stretcher, and he'll head to a local hospital for further examination. It's still too early to speculate, but considering how the injury looked, it seems quite possible that Roberson will miss extended time.
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