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MRI reveals knee contusion for Varejao

An MRI on Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao’s injured left knee revealed a contusion and no serious structural damage, the team announced Monday. The center was held out of practice as a precaution and his status for Tuesday’s matchup with the New Orleans Pelicans has yet to be determined. If Varejao is unable to go, center Tyler Zeller would likely get the starting nod. This would also mean that little-used center Henry Sims would also see consistent playing time.

Forward Luol Deng also missed practice today with a sore Achilles, while rookie forward Carrick Felix missed practice with a knee injury and will undergo an MRI.

 

This the best possible news regarding Varejao and everyone from Dan Gilbert all the way down had to be taking huge sighs of relief when they learned of the results. In the last few seasons, Varejeo has been injured almost more often than not and another seasons ending injury would have been heartbreaking. The initial reaction on Twitter yesterday said as much and, in the moments before the Brazilian got up under his own power and ultimately returned to the game, it looks as if the injury might have been serious.

On a positive note, this is not the same leg that Varejao injured a year ago when he split his quad. On the season, Varejao is averaging 8.8 points and 10.3 rebounds while shooting 49.1 percent from the field.

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