On Monday, October 7, 2013, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced that center Tyler Zeller experienced a left hip flexor strain during the third quarter of the team’s annual Wine & Gold Scrimmage this past Saturday afternoon. Zeller suffered the injury when he slipped and fell following a free throw from Tristan Thompson. Excessive humidity was to blame for the slick floors.
"Normally I’ve always been one to pop up quick, but that one scared me,” Zeller said. “You always hear about knee injuries and all that. I knew from the way my knee was bending it wasn’t supposed to be over there.”
Coach Mike Brown called the scrimmage with 6:10 left in the third quarter stating the humidity in the gym was making it difficult to keep the floors dry. The annual scrimmage was closed to the public for the first time, open only to military members and their families on the campus of Baldwin-Wallace University.
Zeller received a subsequent physical examination and MRI at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health with doctors confirming the strain. He is currently receiving treatment and was able to participate in non-contact elements of practice on Monday.
Zeller will continue to receive treatment and is not expected to participate in Cleveland’s preseason game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.
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