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Blazers center Leonard out a couple weeks with ankle sprain

Meyers Leonard

Portland Trail Blazers’ Meyers Leonard, right, walks off the court dejectedly during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, in Phoenix. The Suns defeated the Trail Blazers 114-87. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


Rookie Meyers Leonard, who has played solidly for the Trail Blazers this season, will be out at least a couple more weeks with a sprained ankle.

Leonard rolled his ankle on Dec. 29. Chris Haynes of spoke with Leonard who said it would take a couple weeks for him to get back.

“I would hope at least in the next couple of weeks,” Leonard said. “We’ll see. There’s really no telling. Some of these things can take two weeks, some of them can take six weeks. I just have to keep my fingers crossed that I’m back as soon as possible….

“I’ve made a lot of progress in the last week,” Leonard said. “The first morning I woke up from it, I could barely walk. It’s been a lot better. I’m almost walking normal... Pretty much walking normal out of a boot [with] no crutches.”

Which is progress but a long way from running and jumping and the kind of things one does in an NBA game.

No Leonard has meant more J.J. Hickson (who is playing well) and some Joel Freeland.