What was feared has become a reality.
The Trail Blazers announced starting small forward Rodney Hood suffered a torn left Achilles tendon during Friday night's game vs. the LA Lakers.
The injury came at the 3:27 mark of the first quarter when Hood grabbed a defensive rebound. Hood planted his left foot and immediately fell to the floor. It was a non-contact injury.
Trainers rushed to Hood where he was surrounded by his teammates. He had to be helped off the floor by the team trainers.
The 27-year-old was holding his left lower leg while he was on the floor in serious pain.
Hood said after the win over Sacramento on Wednesday that his left Achilles was bothering him during the game and that he wasn’t sure if he would be able to play vs. the Lakers. Hood was subbed out in the fourth quarter because his left Achilles soreness.
We'll have more from players and coaches after the game.