Eric Gordon Has a Knee Contusion, Will Miss 3-6 More Weeks

Published: January 26, 2012

New Orleans Hornets guard Eric Gordon will miss three to six more weeks recovering from what the team has confirmed is a knee contusion.

Eric Gordon’s injury has been confirmed by the team to be a knee contusion and he will miss three to six more weeks as a result. Gordon, who last night turned down what Hornets247 learned was a four-year contract extension worth just over 50 million dollars, has played in only two games this season after being acquired in the deal that sent Chris Paul to the Clippers.

“We all worked hard on the extension, but sometimes business is business,” said Hornets guard Eric Gordon. “Right now my sole focus is on staying in great shape, and making sure I get back to 100% health as quickly as possible, so I can return to playing and helping my teammates and Coach Monty win games. That is really what it is all about right now for me.”

“We made good faith and amicable efforts to reach an agreement on a contract extension over the past few days,” said Hornets General Manager Dell Demps. “Unfortunately, although close, we did not reach an agreement. Eric will be a restricted free agent this summer and we are optimistic and encouraged with the opportunity to sign Eric to a contract that will make him a member of the Hornets organization and community for years to come.”

Team doctors recommend rest for his knee. Gordon is expected to resume full basketball activities and return to the court once the recommended rest time is up.

It must be noted that the injury, although not the severity, was identified correctly by the team’s medical staff. A contusion is by definition a bruise, which is what the initial diagnosis was. This further clarification about the severity of it is certainly disappointing, but some injuries are harder to gauge the severity of than others. From a few minutes poking around on the web, a bone bruise is one of them. Additionally, they can take a very long time to heal fully.

The question for the Hornets must now be what path to take the remainder of this season. I’ll leave that for someone else.

((Note from Ryan Schwan:  Remember David West?  During his second season with the Hornets, the one that led to us getting Chris Paul, he missed 52 games.  The diagnosis?  Bone Bruise.  He went on to 6 more seasons with the Hornets.))


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