Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles suffers season-ending ACL tear
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz continue to endure extreme adversity this season as it was confirmed Monday afternoon that forward Joe Ingles has suffered a season ending ACL tear and will remain out indefinitely with surgery in the coming weeks.
ESPN Sources: Utah Jazz F Joe Ingles has suffered a season-ending torn left ACL. Ingles, 34, was found to have no other structural damage in his left knee.
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Upon driving to the basket against Minnesota point guard Jordan McLaughlin, Ingles gathered and prepared to elevate in an attempt to score. However, as soon as Ingles placed his weight onto his left leg with the intention to jump, his knee buckled and he fell to the floor in what appeared to be a great deal of pain.
Joe Ingles goes down with a knee injury in Minnesota. pic.twitter.com/AvsIlZQNyh
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On Monday afternoon, the worst possible outcome was realized as an MRI revealed a full ACL tear, effectively ending Ingles season.
The team then issued the following statement:
“The following is a medical update on Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles:
Ingles was examined Monday by the Utah Jazz medical staff and underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) testing. The MRI revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee with no other structural damage. Ingles will remain out indefinitely with surgery taking place in the next several weeks. Further updates will be provided when appropriate.
Ingles (6-8, 226, Australia) is in his eighth season with Utah, owning averages of 7.2 points, 3.5 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 24.9 minutes per game. He is Utah’s all-time three-point leader, having knocked down 1,071 during his career.”
Ingles will now remain sidelined indefinitely and is expected to have surgery at some point over the next two weeks once he is able to reach a full range of motion in his knee. At 34 years of age, it is unknown what kind of impact this will have on his career, especially with his contract with the Jazz expiring at the end of the season. For now, it’s estimated that a return to play would extend into the 2022-2023 season.