Meyers Leonard: Cleared to run yesterday. No time to wa…

Meyers Leonard: Cleared to run yesterday. No time to waste this summer.

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Meyers Leonard: The surgery went great and now the recovery process begins. Counting down the days till I'm back with my team. To all my fans, especially the one's in #RipCity, thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers. I will bounce back from this!
Leonard confirmed reports that he will be out 6-8 months and also revealed that he suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder. “I have some ligament damage, he’ll fix it up, he’s very optimistic about surgery and rehab and so am I,” Leonard said about the surgery and diagnosis from Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Dr. ElAttrache concluded that it was best for Leonard to undergo surgery and while Leonard made the right decision for his health, it’s easy to wonder whether he regrets not signing an extension with the Blazers before the season began. “I have faith in what I do, on this team, in the future and what more I know I can do,” Leonard said. “Certainly it takes an immense amount of hard work. I’m going to do that. I’m going to rehab, get it done and get it out of the way and come back stronger than ever.”
And he said he didn’t have regrets about turning down the Blazers lucrative contract extension in November. Instead, his mind went to his team, and in particular to its leader, Damian Lillard. “I asked everybody to keep it under wraps,’’ Leonard said, referring to Neil Olshey, the Blazers’ president of basketball operations. “I wanted to tell Dame, man to man.’’ So hours later, as the Blazers prepared to play the Clippers at the Staples Center, Leonard sat on the sideline in a khaki suit and cowboy boots and watched Lillard warm up. And as the star finished his routine and headed toward the Blazers locker room, Leonard trailed him, waiting for him to finish signing autographs.
In the tunnel, Lillard looked Leonard in the eye and consoled him. “I told him to keep his head up, it’s not his fault,’’ Lillard said. “I told him to keep his mind right and understand that we love him as a teammate and not to get down about it. We would love for him to be playing, but at the end of the day you don’t want to be tearing stuff up. He has to do what is best for his health.’’
Meyers Leonard missed his fourth consecutive game with a dislocated left shoulder. Prior to the game Stotts declined to give an updated timeline on Leonard's possible return, but said that Leonard would get his shoulder looked at again this week. "He's going to get a second opinion and go from there," Stotts said.
Meyers Leonard will miss at least Trail Blazers' next three games after dislocating his left shoulder at practice on Wednesday.
Leonard doesn't have a definitive timetable for his return, but he will miss the final three games of the Blazers road trip starting with Thursday night's game in San Antonio as well as the final two stops New Orleans and Dallas. He is waiting for the swelling in his shoulder to go down before getting magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests.
Portland forward Meyers Leonard dislocated his left shoulder Wednesday night during the Trail Blazers' 113-101 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Leonard was whisked to the locker room after he clutched his left arm on the court midway through the third quarter and did not return.
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