Practice Report

Injury Update: Henry Injures Achilles

by Joey Ramirez
Digital Reporter

EL SEGUNDO — Xavier Henry suffered an injury to his left Achilles tenon in Monday’s practice. An MRI revealed a ruptured left Achilles tendon. He is scheduled to have surgery tomorrow morning with Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. Steve Lombardo of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, and is expected to be for the remainder of the season.

Henry’s injury occurred during the team’s 3-on-3-on-3 drill. Head coach Byron Scott ended practice shortly after. He had players shoot free throws before leaving the gym.

“He just made a move just like most guys do when they mess up their Achilles,” Scott said. “Nobody hit him or anything like that. He pretty much said to us that he heard a pop and we helped him in the locker room. Kobe (Bryant) and (Carlos) Boozer (were) in there with him. But obviously (Henry) was devastated, so all of us tried to give him as much support as we can.”

Henry was averaging 2.2 points and 9.6 minutes in nine games for the Lakers this season. In 43 games for L.A. last season, Henry pitched in 10.0 points per contest.

Henry, who had knee surgery over the summer, traveled to Dusseldorf, Germany, in late October to receive additional treatment.

“To know the kid the way I know him and how hard he’s worked, obviously we’re all very hurt for Xavier,” Scott said. “because we know he’s worked his butt off to get back.”

Additional Updates
Scott gave Ed Davis (ankle) and Carlos Boozer (shoulder) the day off due to soreness. Boozer missed Sunday’s game against Denver, and Davis started at power forward in his place. Both will be reevaluated tomorrow.

Scott also gave Bryant, who played 43 minutes Sunday, a lighter workload, having him only take shots and not run.

“Training camp, especially mine, is normally going to take your legs away from you for a couple of weeks,” Scott said. “And then you get them back for about a week or two, and then the season kind of hits you because of the traveling and the games that come constantly.

”I think (Bryant) is at that point right now where it’s hitting him, and he just needs a couple of days to kind of relax and recuperate, and I think he’ll get that lift in his legs back.”

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