For the first time in his massively productive NBA career, Texas Longhorns legend and current Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant hasn't played much this season as a result of a Jones fracture in his right foot that isn't healing properly and could keep him out the rest of the season.
On Friday, Thunder general manager Sam Presti said that Durant "has been removed from basketball activities on the floor" and that "the goal is to get him back healthy, whenever that is."
Remarkably durable despite his thin frame, Durant missed only 14 total games prior to the 2014-15 season, but has now missed 42 after suffering the Jones fracture before the season and then undergoing another procedure last month.
Last week, head coach Scott Brooks said that Durant was one to two weeks away from returning before he suffered another setback that necessitated the decision from Thunder brass to allow him more time to recuperate.
Texas fans may remember that Jones fractures can be tricky injuries from which to recover because of the limited amount of blood circulation in that part of the foot. Former quarterback David Ash suffered a similar injury last spring and was one of the 75% of people to recover without any complications, but it seems that Durant is now in that 25% of people for whom the injury does not heal correctly.
Aside from the ramifications for the Oklahoma City playoff run this season, free agency looms for Durant in the summer of 2016 and continued foot issues into the 2015-16 season could seriously impact his next contract.
Here's hoping Durant can get healthy and back to producing at a high level on the court well before then.