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Thunder's Durant needs surgery for foot fracture

POSTED: Oct 12, 2014 11:03 AM ET
UPDATED: Oct 12, 2014 11:50 AM ET

By Randy Renner, for


— The Injury bug has now bitten the Oklahoma City Thunder hard. Superstar forward Kevin Durant, the reigning league MVP, will be out six to eight weeks with that is being described as a "Jones fracture" in his right foot.

Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti released the following statement this morning:

"After practice yesterday, Kevin made us aware of discomfort in his right foot. We proceeded to perform the necessary imagining studies to determine the cause of his discomfort. At this stage, Kevin has been diagnosed with a Jones fracture. Traditional treatment of this injury requires a surgical procedure and recent NBA cases have resulted in a return to play in 6-8 weeks. We are in the process of collaboratively evaluating the most appropriate next steps with Kevin, his representatives, and Thunder medical personnel. Until a course of action is determined, we are unable to provide a timeline specific to Kevin's case."

Presti will meet with reporters later this morning to discuss the situation further.

This is the first significant injury Durant has ever had. The Thunder lost All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook to a torn meniscus during the 2012-13 playoffs and Westbrook missed three dozen games last season because of two additional surgical procedures on his right knee.

The Thunder have already lost promising rookie forward Mitch McGary with a fractured bone in his foot, he will also be out six weeks or so. Backup point guard Reggie Jackson suffered a wrist injury in the Thunder's preseason game in Dallas on Friday. He's being listed as day-to-day.