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Rajon Rondo injury: How long will it take to return from torn ACL?

Rajon Rondo and the Boston Celtics are looking at 9-12 months of recovery time once the injured point guard has surgery to repair his torn ACL.


Add Rajon Rondo's name to the list of prominent point guards that have suffered ACL injuries. Rondo suffered the injury in Friday's loss to Atlanta and was diagnosed with the injury prior to Sunday's game against the Miami Heat.

Last season Ricky Rubio, Derrick Rose and Iman Shumpert suffered the same injury. Rubio and Shumpert have recently returned to the court. Rose is still waiting to make his 2013 debut. Typically ACL injuries can take up to 9-12 months for recovery.

Rubio suffered his injury in March of last season. It took him nine months to recover and return to the court for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Rubio made his 2012-13 debut on December 15 and played limited minutes over the first couple of weeks. He didn't return to the starting lineup until January 17. So it took Rubio approximately nine months to return to the court but 10 to be back to full speed.

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is following a similar timeline and is still waiting to make his 2013 return to the court. Rose was injured in the final moments of Game 1 of the 2012 Playoffs in April. Rose is progressing in practice and is on course for a return sometime in February putting him in the 10-11 month range.

New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert suffered an ACL tear on the same day that Rose did during the playoffs. He made his return to the court on January 17 of this season putting his recovery at approximately at nine months.

Not a point guard but David West suffered an ACL tear in late March of the 2010-11 season. He returned to the court on opening day of the lockout shortened season in 2011. His recovery also falls into the 9-12 month category.

Rondo's surgery date has not been set yet but Celtics fans should expect a similar timeline. Nine months would put Rondo's return at sometime next October but more realistically will miss the start of the 2013-14 season.