Cavaliers backcourt takes a hit from the injury bug

The Cleveland Cavaliers celebrated Columbus Day with injuries sustained by three new members of the team. Guard Jarrett Jack has been diagnosed with chondromalacia in his left knee which is inflammation and irritation of cartilage on the underside of the patella. A treatment plan has been established and started that will result in Jack being out for approximately 10 days.

Jack has played in at least 79 games in seven of his eight seasons in the NBA.

Rookie guard/forward Carrick Felix was evaluated for groin pain today with a related MRI revealing a mild sports hernia. He will undergo treatment and a period of continued evaluation. There is no immediate timetable established for his return to play, but his status will be updated as appropriate and based on the results of his ongoing evaluation.

Fellow rookie guard/forward Sergey Karasev was excused from the team following today’s practice in order to travel to obtain his work visa and re-enter the United States. He is expected to return this Thursday prior to the Cavaliers game against the Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

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  • Fausto Carmona

    Is Sergey Karasev his real name, or is it Roberto Hernandez?

  • Steve

    Very worried about an injury bug on this team. Irving, Varejao, and Bynum are already big risks, and this team is going to need a lot to go right to find that 8th playoff spot. Guys we were counting on to be rocks in the rotation going down early is tough.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Losing Jarrett Jack for any extended period of time would really hurt. He’s basically the first PG and SG off the bench. Let’s hope this is a one-time thing and not a chronic thing.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    He suffered the same thing a year ago in the preseason with Golden State. That being said depth of the roster will be key.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Injuries are always a concern especially with Varejao and Bynum but I believe this years team has enough overall talent to have them in the fight for a playoff spot. Eighth slot at a minimum.

  • Steve

    Sure, there’s plenty of talent there for a playoff spot. But talent won’t get Irving, Varejao, and Bynum out there for 180 games combined, rather than the 84 they combined for last year. If that happens again, it’s going to take just about everything going right for them to sneak into the playoffs.

    And despite a knee injury last year, he didn’t miss any action because of it, so this is already a bigger concern. And knee injuries for older guys (will be 30 this season) is not a positive harbinger.

  • thenoclist

    If healthy, I don’t see how this team doesn’t easily get the 6th seed. After the top 5, the East is complete garbage.

  • simond

    got a few new faces, so chemistry is also key.

    i watched the nbatv preview of the cavs season tonight. kenny smith predicted the cavs would win 55-57 games this year (if they stay healthy) and be the surprise of the nba.

    we as cleveland fans know better than to have expectations like that

  • Steve

    “If healthy”

    I’m concerned we’ve already moved past that, and are hoping they can remain healthy enough to be competitive.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Thx, that definitely adds an element of comfort if he was dealing with the same injury in preseason last year.

  • Steve

    It may be the same injury, but last year he was “limited” in practice for one day, not out for ten.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Fair point.