The Colorado Buffaloes’ basketball program received some bad news Thursday when it was learned that gifted guard Xavier Johnson tore his left Achilles tendon and could potentially miss significant time.
Johnson injured his Achilles during summer workouts and has undergone surgery to correct the issue. There is no exact time-table for Johnson’s return, though.
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University of Colorado senior-to-be Xavier Johnson tore his left Achilles tendon, announced Thursday by head coach Tad Boyle.
Johnson, a 6’7”, 230-pound guard, suffered the injury earlier this month in off-season workouts.
“The entire Buffalo basketball family is disappointed with this injury, especially for Xavier, who has meant so much to our program through the last three years,” Boyle said. “(His) surgery went well and we’re expecting a full, and hopefully a speedy recovery. We’re not putting a time-table on anything; we’re looking forward to helping Xavier through this process and getting him back healthy, and help this program win more games.”
This is quite the blow for the Buffs and it will be hard to overcome, as the team really doesn’t know how long Johnson will be sidelined. Kyle Kensing at FanRagSports wrote a good piece on how Boyle will try to move forward with the looming absence of Johnson.
Johnson is coming off a season in which he averaged 10.3 points (third on the team) and 5.6 rebounds per game while playing in 29 games and starting in 15 of them.