Trey Burke has surgery on finger, will be in splint for 3 weeks
Utah Jazz's rookie point guard Trey Burke had surgery Tuesday on his right finger and will be in a splint for three weeks, after which time he will be reevaluated.
Burke broke his finger during Saturday's preseason game, which led to a string of conflicting reports on how long he would be out. Burke's father said the point guard would be out 3-6 weeks, then his agent said Burke would be out 8-12 weeks. Burke then tweeted that 4-6 weeks is more likely the case.
The Jazz released an update that the surgery was successful and Burke will be able to participate in conditioning while he recovers from surgery. From the team's report:
"Burke underwent surgery Tuesday to repair the bone fracture in his right index finger. The procedure was performed in Salt Lake City by Dr. Douglas Hutchinson, who reported that the surgery was successful.
"Following the procedure, Burke’s index finger was placed in a cast/splint where it will remain for approximately three weeks, at which time he will be re-evaluated by Dr. Hutchinson. Burke will be able to participate in conditioning work during this time period."
John Lucas III is expected to fill in at point guard until Burke is cleared to play again. The Jazz, in big need of a point guard, drafted Burke ninth overall this year.