What a Torn ACL is, it’s Recovery Period & The Latest Victim to it: Denver Nuggets’ Jamal Murray

Published 04/14/2021, 12:00 AM EDT
Feb 14, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) motions as he brings the ball up court in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports


Injuries are a part and parcel of any sport and NBA players are no strangers to it. In fact, this season has been one of the most injury-riddled seasons, with each team having players sidelined for a considerable amount of time. However, this might have a lot to do with them not getting enough rest before this season started. The most recent victim to the worst injury a player could endure is Jamal Murray.

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While the show must go on, for some players, it hasn’t been that easy. Everyone has heard of the dreaded ACL injury. Some players are lucky enough to recover from it and go back to playing, but for some, it has been career-ending as well. The road to recovering from an ACL is time-consuming, and players almost never come back the same.

What is an ACL tear? What is its recovery period?

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The anterior cruciate ligament or ACL is a part of the four ligaments inside the knee. The purpose of it is to provide stability to the knee joint. While an ACL tear can be very common, its recovery time varies from person to person.

Jan 25, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) calls out a play as Dallas Mavericks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (11) defends during the second half at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

This ACL tear usually occurs when there is an instant and unexpected change in the direction of a locked knee. The signs of an ACL tear include a pop, then severe pain, and a gradual swelling of the knee.

Depending on variables like injury history and age, the recovery period can differ from person to person, although the ideal timeline is six to nine months for anyone to go back to their full activities. The decision to get surgery is usually left to the patient and the doctor in charge, depending on the severity of the tear.

Jamal Murray is the latest victim to the ACL

In the past, plenty of players have gone through the ACL tear. In fact, it is the one injury that is most feared among the players because there are some superstars who are yet to make their return because of it. Golden State Warriors Klay Thompson is a testament to this. He tore his ACL back in 2019 in the NBA Finals and is yet to make a comeback.

Unfortunately, the Denver Nuggets‘ superstar Jamal Murray has also fallen to an ACL injury. While playing the Warriors, Murray went to attack the basket, but even before he elevated off of his left leg, one could see his knee give out. He then fell to the floor and seemed to be in immense pain.

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Murray is key to whatever the Denver Nuggets do and their success in this season. Without him, the onus of keeping the Nuggets’ spot in the standings intact falls solely on Nikola Jokic. However, keeping in mind that players do return better than ever, as Kevin Durant did, is a ray of hope for the Nuggets. With no timeline for Murray’s yet, fans can only hope for the best.

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Read also- ‘Prayers Up’: Zach LaVine, Donovan Mitchell and NBA Stars Pour in Wishes For Jamal Murray After Horrific Injury

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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