As predicted, Anderson Varejao's injury, originally diagnosed as a bruised knee, was far worse than the Cleveland Cavaliers thought. He had actually suffered a torn muscle in his quadriceps near the knee. Varejao underwent surgery for the injury, but Varejao suffered a blood clot in his lung after surgery. He remains hospitalized.
The Cavaliers have announced that Varejao will miss the remainder of the season with the injury, according to an Associated Press report. A blood clot in the lung is a serious problem that could result in death if not treated properly. Luckily, Varejao was already in the hospital because of the surgery, so doctors quickly treated him for the problem. The team released a statement confirming the problem and Varejao's status, and general manager Chris Grant spoke of Varejao's condition.
"Clearly our players' health is our top concern and we are disappointed for Anderson, and his family. We know what a competitor he is and how much he wants to be on the court helping his teammates. In the meantime, he has our full support and we look forward to welcoming him back as he recovers."Varejao was having a nice season for the Cavs despite the team's struggles. He averaged 14.1 points and 14.4 rebounds per game this season. In his career, Varejao has averaged 7.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. He will be missed as the Cavaliers look to build off this season going forward. The team, though, would not have surged to any type of playoff run even if Varejao had been healthy all season long.