Al Horford injury: Hawks big man suffers right pectoral muscle tear

Mike Lawrie

Al Horford has torn his right pectoral muscle just one season removed from tearing his left pectoral.

Al Horford has suffered a complete tear of his right pectoral muscle, the Atlanta Hawks officially announced in a press release on Friday. Horford suffered the injury during the Hawks' double-overtime victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday night.

The injury occurred during the first overtime period and did not appear to involve contact. Atlanta took a timeout after Horford reached for his right shoulder, clearly in pain. He immediately went to the locker room and missed the remainder of the game.

This is the second pectoral tear Horford has suffered in the last three seasons. He tore his left pectoral muscle during the 2011-2012 season, forcing him to miss 55 of the team's 66 games. The Hawks have not announced a timetable for his return, though his previous tear indicates it could potentially be season-ending.

Horford averaged 18.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game for Atlanta, leading the team in both categories. The Hawks have gone 16-13 so far this season, good for the third-best record in the Eastern Conference.

More from SB Nation NBA:

The Hook: Rethinking the NBA draft lottery

The Lakers come to grips with reality

Why players don’t like Blake Griffin

Prada's pictures: Phoenix's 2-headed dragon and Drummond's development

James Harden pulls off the oldest prank in the book | #Lookit

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.