Colorado’s Xavier Johnson tears left Achilles’ tendon

Xavier Johnson will be out at least three months. (USATSI)

Colorado has announced that senior Xavier Johnson will miss the upcoming months due to a torn left Achilles’ tendon. Johnson ripped the tendon “earlier this month in offseason workouts.”

Johnson, a 6-foot-7 guard/forward averaged 10.3 points and 5.6 rebounds for the Buffaloes last season. He’s already undergone successful surgery.

“The entire Buffalo basketball family is disappointed with this injury, especially for Xavier, who has meant so much to our program through the last three years,” CU coach Tad Boyle said. “(His) surgery went well and we’re expecting a full, and hopefully a speedy recovery. We’re not putting a time-table on anything; we’re looking forward to helping Xavier through this process and getting him back healthy, and help this program win more games.”

If the summer recovery bodes well, Johnson could be on the court next season. If not, he could opt for a redshirt year, sit out, and return for a full campaign in 2016-17.


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