Eric Bledsoe injury: Suns guard could return this season


Eric Bledsoe underwent surgery to repair meniscus cartilage and will “pursue a possible return to action” this season, the Phoenix Suns announced on Friday. As Paul Coro reported more specifically, the surgery repaired a torn meniscus in Bledsoe’s right knee, the second such injury to that knee.

While every injury may be different and the exact severity of a tear is vague — if it was a complete tear, it seems Bledsoe would face a longer recovery — the timeline for the past recovery from a meniscus injury shows that Bledsoe could indeed return. Bledsoe’s first surgery performed in October of 2011, initially was said to have kept him out six to eight weeks, and indeed he returned during the lockout-shortened season almost exactly eight weeks later. Bledsoe played his first game back with the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 11, 2012, and received spotty minutes for quite some time playing as a second-year backup behind Chris Paul.

The Suns will likely be without Bledsoe until at least March 10, let’s say. That’s two months Phoenix will need to stay afloat, and if they’re still in the playoff hunt at that point a Bledsoe return could perhaps be discussed. If not, let’s just say there’s a reason the team didn’t put a timetable on a recovery. Or maybe they’re just not wanting to play the timetable game at all.

Considering the Suns’ training staff, it’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility that Bledsoe has seen his last game of the year. But a lot probably depends on how well his teammates do without him in the coming weeks.

As a restricted free agent this upcoming summer, it would seem smart for Bledsoe to take it easy if there’s not a postseason to play for. Then again, he would help his free agent stock if he feels healthy enough to return and prove the injury won’t hamper him moving forward.

  • http://www.phoenixsuns.com Gary Boersma

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  • sunsn7

    Astute post there Gary

  • http://none Eric Bledsoe

    You’re it, Gary. Anyone else you want to tag?

    Being injured sucks.

  • Voqar

    So many injuries this season.

    Leading to so many choices.

    Keep LB and his error prone, turnover prone, shoot first pass rarely Morris imitation, no defense playing self? He doesn’t really fit in with the youth movement unless he’s playing well – and he’s never been very consistent except at being inconsistent.

    They really gonna match any offer for Bledsoe if someone goes high when he’s had two injuries to the same knee already, Smith is an able backup with the potential to learn how to shoot, and so many picks? Real tough call.

  • Zak

    Barbosa is a hopeful short term “fix”. He’s not close to being Bledsoe but who could the Suns have gotten that is to fill in? Goodwin isn’t ready for extended playing time. He may be later in the season but not now. Unless I’m wrong, I believe that the Suns can sign Barbosa to a second 10-day contract before deciding to give him a contract for the rest of the year or let him go. That should be plenty of time to decide to keep him or go with Goodwin instead.

    Either way, Bledsoe being out is going to hurt the Suns (yeah, I know I’m stating the obvious). Thankfully I’m fairly sure that the new Suns FO isn’t going to do anything stupid just to try to get a 7th/8th seed in the playoffs.

  • James

    Barbosa is a quick fix on offense which is all we need him for really because our defense is decent as is but losing Eric for nearly 2 months if not more is a big blow not only to the Suns but to himself because he’s going to be a restricted free agent in the summer. which sucks because I hope Bledsoe doesn’t turn into another Amare Stoudemire being injury prone and I don’t know if the Suns it would be smart to invest in a player that has had surgery on the same knee and seems injury amd he’s only 24. I hope this is a minor setback for him because with his skill set on offense and defense and only been 24 years old could be a superstar in this league for years to come I truly believe he can be that good. but again if he is injury prone he’s just going to be mediocre which sucks because it look like he had a bright future. but I still think he’s worth the risk and the Suns should match any offer.

  • Rengaw

    You can have too many young players on a team, and with all the draft picks the Suns have acquired they have no intention of using them to draft more players.

    I’m sure they would like to bundle some picks to sign a quality player…..but who? McDonough has shown he has the ability to make good deals….namely getting Jeff Green when he was assistant Celtics GM for Kendrick Perkins. He really fleeced OKC’S Sam Pressey on that one.

  • Foreveris2long

    Tough call but the 8 weeks is what I anticipated. I would rather not make the playoffs than get a quick fix with someone over 26.Point guards are falling fast as I heard today Jrue Holiday is out with a stress fracture to I think the tibia. Let’s just enjoy the ride, do not expect much and know the roots are in place for a really good team next year. However if Gerald Green and Plumlee continues to evolve and Len gives us a few more quality minutes a night we might still make the playoffs.

    Hawki, yeah it was a great UCLA Arizona game last night. Even Phil Jackson was there. Gordon will be a good pro but I agree he needs more offensive polish to go to the NBA. I do like Dennis Johnson’s nephew for Arizona but I need to see more of him to see if he is NBA ready. It seems he is really close. Last year he was kind of wild but he seems to have more composure this season.

    With maybe the exception of UCLA’s point guard, I do not think anyone on that team iis NBA ready especially in a deep draft like the one approaching.

  • SHAZAM

    barbosa sucks

  • Two4Juan

    Shazam, you swallow
    So whats the big deal you lily biotch