Greg Oden has suffered an injury setback, reports The Oregonian's Jason Quick, and as a result may not play at all in the 2011-12 season. The $8 million qualifying offer he was offered by the Portland Trail Blazers and believed to be prepared to sign could shrink due to the new information, Quick said.
Oden on Thursday was examined by Dr. Steadman in Vail, and said he was given the nod to expand his activity, indicating he had made progress. But the Blazers, who didn't comment Thursday after his appointment, determined that he is less likely to return to the court this season.
Oden has played just 82 games in four seasons since the Blazers made him the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. A series of injuries have felled the big man, who Portland took over Kevin Durant and Al Horford. When he has gotten onto the court, however, Oden has produced well.