The Utah Jazz have announced that Trey Burke will have surgery on Tuesday to repair his index finger. Burke fractured his finger in the first quarter of the preseason game against the Clippers last Saturday making a pass. After the pass Burke’s hand hit another players hand which jammed his finger and ultimately breaking it. Trey immediately went into the locker room but returned out to the bench with tape and ice on the finger. Trey then entered the game again in the second quarter and it looked as though it was something he would be able to play through. Players came out of the locker room after half time and Burke was not with them out on the court.
Jody Genessy of the Deseret News twitted this out this morning.
Trey Burke needs pins in his fractured index finger. He will be out 8-12 weeks after surgery, per his agent.
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) October 14, 2013
Here’s a video of the injury.
This is what Jazz fans have to be worried about entering this season. The Jazz will not win many games if we have starters go down for long periods of time. To see one of our starters get injured before the regular season starts is very disheartening for Jazz fans who are excited to watch this group play together. Burke needing pins in his finger and being out 8-12 weeks has to be a worst case scenario for the Jazz. The original assumption was 4-6 weeks and some players have been able to come back in a week or two depending on how serious it is. If Burke misses 8 weeks he will be out of the line-up until December 10th and would miss 23 regular season games. 12 weeks puts him returning on January 7th and missing 37 regular season games. Missing 37 games means he’s 4 games away from missing half of the season. Not only is this a huge blow for the Jazz but this also takes Burke out of the running for Rookie of the Year. Bad news for Trey Burke, the Utah Jazz and Jazz fans. Very bad news.