Trail Blazers

Zach Collins undergoes surgery to repair stress fracture

Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers announced this afternoon that big man Zach Collins "underwent a second revision surgery today to repair a left medial malleolus stress fracture."

The procedure was performed by Dr. Martin J. O'Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York. 

Collins is out indefinitely - and his status will be updated accordingly per the team's press release. 

Original Story:

Blazers big-man Zach Collins re-fractured his left foot, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Collins seemed to be making positive progress from his initial fracture to the point where he was no longer wearing a protective boot.

 "Everything is healing like it should be," Collins told NBC Sports Northwest’s Jamie Hudson back in April.

It’s unknown how the 23-year-old re-fractured himself, but it couldn’t have come at a more costly time.

He’s entering restricted free agency and has had a rash of injuries early in his career.

Collins has essentially missed the last three seasons.

2019-’20: played in 11 games after left labrum surgery.

2020-’21: missed all of the season due to the fractured left ankle and underwent multiple surgeries.

2021-’22: could it be the same result?

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During rehab for his initial injury, Collins told Hudson he was remaining optimistic through the difficulty.

 

“Up until this point, I haven’t really gone through a lot of injuries in my life and this is the most rehab time I’ve ever done consecutively,” he said. “It’s taught me that I can get through it and I can handle it.”