Eric Gordon out indefinitely after MRI reveals torn labrum


Eric Gordon left the Pelicans’ game Saturday with an apparent separated shoulder, and it was unclear when he’d return.

It’s one thing for a player to be out indefinitely before tests. It’s another when he’s out indefinitely after tests.

Pelicans release:

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that guard Eric Gordon will be out indefinitely with a left shoulder injury. An MRI revealed Gordon suffered a torn labrum as a result of the left shoulder subluxation injury that occurred Saturday night at Utah.

Gordon will undergo further evaluation throughout this week by the team’s medical staff to determine the best course of action moving forward.

Since coming to New Orleans, Gordon has missed 57, 40 and 18 games. It sounds like this will be another lengthy run with him sidelined.

Gordon had been less involved and less effective – in that order – for the Pelicans this season. However, the Pelicans – despite a very strong top six – have little depth at guard, so this will be tough to overcome.

Expect a larger role for Austin Rivers – who, after declaring this his year, has shown marked improvement – and maybe Jimmer Fredette. New Orleans could also slide Tyreke Evans from small forward into the backcourt – maybe even coupling that move with more minutes for its sparsely used Ryan Anderson-Davis-Omer Asik frontline.

As long as the Pelicans have Davis, everything else is secondary. But as they battle for a playoff spot in a tough Western Conference, even the loss of a struggling Gordon will be felt.