Grizzlies’ Brandon Clarke out for season due to torn Achilles

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It’s been a rough day for Grizzlies fans.

Grizzlies reserve big man Brandon Clarke — a key part of their frontcourt rotation — is out for the season due to a torn Achilles, the team announced Saturday.

Clarke went down at the end of the first quarter Friday night and had to be helped off the court. Clarke shot a free throw, stepped into the lane, then pivoted to run back on defense and went down grabbing his leg.

Recovery time from this injury varies from player to player, but he is likely out for about a year.

In his fourth season, Clarke averages 10.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He is in the final year of his rookie deal and signed a four-year, $50 million extension to stay with the Grizzlies after this season.

All within a couple of hours on Saturday, the Grizzlies announced that Ja Morant will be away from the team for a couple of games following apparently flashing a gun at a club and showing it on Instagram Live, then the league announced Dillon Brooks is suspended for one game after reaching the limit of 16 technical fouls this season.

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