Jazz lose Gobert to sprained MCL

The big front line of the Jazz will be cut down a bit for the foreseeable future with Rudy Gobert suffering a Grade II sprained of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

According to a release from the club, no surgery is required and the 7-1 center will be sidelined indefinitely.

Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune got a reaction from Jazz forward Derrick Favors:

“It’s a big blow to us for sure, but we have to step up,” Jazz forward Derrick Favors told The Salt Lake Tribune Thursday evening. “We have to find a way to play well without him and hold it down until Rudy returns.”

The injury probably means that Favors will slide into his center spot and coach Quin Snyder is likely to insert Trevor Booker or rookie Trey Lyles into the starting lineup.

Gobert is averaging 9.2 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shot in his third NBA season. He missed two earlier games with a sprained ankle and the Jazz (8-8) lost them both to the Heat and Magic.


  1. couchtuner12 says:


    Good fortunes to him. I had a Grade I sprain and I was never ready to run again, don’t worry about it play ball or some other game. Presently every stride I take damages and I gimp here and there stairs like a 100 year old man.

    Couch Tuner

  2. Matt says:

    Ouch. What a ding to the Utah Jazz franchise. Hope you get better soon Rudy.

  3. todd says:

    Good luck to him. I had a Grade I sprain and I was never able to run again, nevermind play basketball or any other sport. Now every step I take hurts and I gimp up and down stairs like a 100 year old man.