Rodney Hood looking strong just five months after suffering torn Achilles tendon

Jamie Hudson
·3 min read

It's been just over five months since the Trail Blazers announced starting small forward Rodney Hood had suffered a torn left Achilles tendon during the Blazers-Lakers game in early December. 

Fast-forward to present day and Hood is posting about his progress.

The Trail Blazers veteran wing shared a video of his rehabilitation session on his Instagram.

Hoodie is looking good!  

The injury came in the first quarter of the Dec. 6 home game when Hood grabbed a defensive rebound and then planted his left foot and immediately fell to the floor. 

Dec. 11, the Trail Blazers announced Hood had undergone successful surgery to repair his ruptured left Achilles tendon.

Hood, along with Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins had been allowed in the team's practice facility during their rehab even when the league had shut down all facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since Friday, all players, who are still currently living in the Portland area, have been permitted to use the Trail Blazers' facility for individual workouts.

Hood has described his rehab process as "coming along nicely," but admitted the first few days after surgery were very trying.

During the NBA hiatus, Hood explained that his road to recovery has seemed quick, but at the same time it has also seemed extremely longer than just the few months of rehab.

I've been making a lot of progress even with everything going on. I feel great. I feel great in the spot that I'm in. I just passed, I think, four months post surgery, so I'm moving along well…. I'm jumping a little bit in the pool, moving around a little bit, so I'm getting there. I'm working myself to being weight-bearing to where I can do more explosive things, but I'm moving along fine, trying to be patient with it, but it's been good so far…

The process has been so long. I looked up and it's only been four months. It's like time is going by really, really slow, but fast at the same time. -- Rodney Hood said on April 14th  

Hood also mentioned that he is thankful for the support from his teammates, especially Jusuf Nurkic.

Nurk shared his encouragement for Hood on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.

Earlier this week, the Bosnian Beast had posted a photo of him putting in work in the weight room with the Trail Blazers training staff wearing protective masks, saying, "Life can always change, you have to adjust."

As the injured Trail Blazers continue to rehab and the healthy players continue to adjust during this pandemic, one thing hasn't changed:

The support from teammates on this current Trail Blazers squad is always there.

It's nice to see that team connection. 

It's even better to see Hood getting up and down on the half exercise ball. 

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Fry and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon along with special guest former Portland Trail Blazer Steve Blake.

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