BIG man JP Erram may have suffered yet another ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury based on the initial findings in his MRI test on Saturday night.
Blackwater management said renowned orthopedic surgeon George Canlas already saw the MRI test and believed Erram and the team's worst fear has come true.
“Looks like ACL tear that needs surgery,” as per the update given by Canlas to the team Sunday morning. “We need to get swelling down.”
Canlas himself will do the surgery on the four-year center.
The 27-year-old Erram went down hard in the second quarter of Blackwater’s PBA Governors Cup game against TNT Katropa also on Saturday. The center out of Ateneo admitted hearing something pop on his knee, leading him to suspect another ACL injury like the one he suffered before during his time with the Blue Eagles.
He was immediately confined at the St. Luke’s hospital and didn’t finish the game, which Blackwater lost, 109-89.
Erram played for 14 minutes against the Texters and had nine points (4 of 5 shooting) and three rebounds.
An ACL injury on the 6-foot-8 Erram meant totally skipping the chance to play for Gilas 5.0 after he was made part of the 24-man roster that will see action in the FIBA Asia Challenge Cup in Tehran, Iran this September.