Payton Pritchard injury: Boston Celtics goaltender can resume activities in two weeks with MCL sprain
Celtics rookie Payton Pritchard will be sidelined for two weeks with an MCL sprain.
The team tweeted the following update on Saturday from their official account:
“#NEBHRinjury report An MRI performed today on guard Payton Pritchard revealed a Grade I sprain in his right MCL. Pritchard is expected to resume field activities in about two weeks. “
This is good news. Pritchard was diagnosed with a sprained knee after the game. A sprained knee covers a range of injuries of widely varying severity and Pritchard appeared to be in considerable pain.
Brad Stevens said after Friday’s game that Pritchard would be out for “the next few days” and expected the rookie to undergo testing on Saturday in Boston. He will miss at least four games this week and three next week. After that it will depend on how he reacts after these two weeks.
The Oregon Celtics’ first-round pick had to be helped off the field after suffering the knee injury. in the first quarter two minutes after registering for the match. Jaylen Brown landed on his foot, forcing the guard’s knee to awkwardly bend. Pritchard appeared to be in great pain as he was helped off the pitch and went straight to the locker room.
Pritchard had passed veteran free agent Jeff Teague as the team’s first goaltender off the bench. He entered the game averaging 8.3 points and 2.8 assists in 22.4 minutes.