Another LA Laker out for the season: Xavier Henry ruptures Achilles tendon

November 24, 2014

The 2014-2015 season has been anything but easy for the Los Angeles Lakers, and now things seem to be getting even more difficult, as the team announced in a release today that guard Xavier Henry will be out for the season due to a ruptured left Achilles tendon.

Henry suffered the injury at this morning’s practice and later underwent an MRI exam which revealed the full extent of rupture.  He is scheduled to have surgery tomorrow morning with Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. Steve Lombardo of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic.

The NBA season has not yet reached December, and already the Lakers have lost three players -- Steve Nash, Julius Randle, and Xavier Henry -- for the entire year because of injuries.  Nick Young also missed significant time due to surgery on his thumb, but is now back with the team.

Henry, who re-signed with the Lakers as a free agent on July 25, has had little impact this season, appearing in nine games and averaging only 2.2 points, 0.4 rebounds, 0.3 assists, and 0.33 steals in 9.5 minutes per game.  He had dealt with nagging injuries in training camp and had yet to find a regular spot in coach Byron Scott's rotation.

Nevertheless, bigger things were still expected from the five-year pro after he averaged career-highs in points (10.0), rebounds (2.7), and assists (1.2) game last season.

With Henry gone, expect rookie Jordan Clarkson to perhaps get additional time as the fifth guard behind Young, Kobe Bryant, Jeremy Lin, and Ronnie Price.

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