Jon Leuer underwent successful surgery for a right medial meniscus injury that occurred during an offseason workout, the team announced Thursday.
The surgery was conducted Wednesday after the injury occurred earlier in the week during an offseason workout.
I don’t know how many times I can keep saying that Leuer had a hell of a first two-thirds of the season in his first year with the Pistons, but it's true, and at this point it's all we have.
Leuer was sporting a 60+ percent true shooting percentage and fought his way into the starting lineup as then-head coach Stan Van Gundy looked to switch things up for a team that was struggling on offense overall.
Unfortunately, Leuer was definitely not a starter and he eventually cooled off. He lost complete faith in his deep ball and starting turning down open shots. Last season he played just eight abysmal games before sustaining an ankle injury that kept him out the rest of the season.
Leuer was looking for a bounceback year, and had a great shot at a major spot in the rotation after Anthony Tolliver signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Now, he'll be playing catch-up and fighting Henry Ellenson for minutes behind Blake Griffin.
The timetable to return from a meniscus tear is about 40 days, according to a 2012 study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. About 20 percent of players didn't return at all that season, but that likely has more to do with when the injury occurred than the severity of the injury itself.
The same research says there was no change in player performance once they returned to the court so hopefully for Leuer this is more a bump in the road than something that derails his season.