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Torn Achilles likely ends Anderson Varejao's season

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Confirmed: Cavs' Anderson Varejao tore Achilles

Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao suffered a torn Achilles tendon and will likely miss the rest of the season.

The team confirmed the news Wednesday that Varejao suffered a left ankle/foot injury when he landed awkwardly in the third quarter of Tuesday night's 125-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Cavs said an MRI at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health revealed a torn left achilles tendon. While it is anticipated that Varejao will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season, a timetable for his return to basketball activity will be developed after he has surgery in the near future to repair the achilles and his rehabilitation process is established.

Varejao left the floor Tuesday night without being able to put weight on the leg and was helped to the locker room by teammates. He was on crutches with his leg immobilized in an air cast as he left the arena.

After the game, coach David Blatt did not provide many details about Varejao's injury.

β€œHe has an ankle injury of some sort,” Blatt said. β€œI really don't know right now.”

Varejao has missed 166 games with various injuries over the past four seasons. The Cavs signed him to a three-year, $30 million extension in October. He is shooting 55 percent from the field and averaging 10 points and 6.6 rebounds.

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