Driving down the lane against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks landed on his shoulder after being fouled hard by Paul Pierce. Burks left the game and did not return.
At the time, Burks was diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms and after undergoing an MRI on Sunday, the Jazz announced that the 24-year-old guard has suffered a fractured left fibula and will be out indefinitely. Burks will not undergo any surgery to fix his broken ankle but will likely continue to wear a boot around his foot.
Unfortunately for Utah, they have been bit hard by the injury bug this season as key players like Rudy Gobert and Dante Exum have also suffered major injuries. Despite these injuries, Utah is in the playoff hunt and are currently eighth in the West. However, without Burks, Utah's hold on the eighth seed is in peril and is coming at a critical juncture of the season.
The Jazz do have some depth at the guard position though and will likely play Joe Ingles, Rodney Hood and perhaps even Trey Burke heavy minutes. Utah may also potentially sign another guard to help them through Burks' absence.