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Cousins facing a long road in his recovery

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

New Orleans Pelicans power forward/center DeMarcus Cousins suffered a season-ending injury on Friday night against the Houston Rockets. He tore his Achilles tendon late in the win.

The non-contact injury happened with 13 seconds left in the game. He was going after a missed free throw when he was injured.

New Orleans Pelicans power forward/center DeMarcus Cousins (Getty Images)

New Orleans Pelicans power forward/center DeMarcus Cousins (Getty Images)

According to mayclinic.org, an Achilles tendon rupture is an injury that affects the back of your lower leg. It mainly occurs in people playing recreational sports, but it could happen to anyone.

The Achilles tendon is a cord that connects the muscles in the back of your calf to your heel bone. It could tear completely, or partially.

Cousins appears to have a complete tear of his Achilles tendon. This injury typically happens to people between 30 and 40-years-old.

But Cousins is 27-years-old. In his first full season with the Pelicans, he was having a career-season prior to his season-ending injury.

He was recently picked for his fourth All-Star game. He will also be an unrestricted free agent this summer. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Cousins will be out six-to-ten months.

Cousins now has two options: he could have surgery or nonsurgical treatment. However, athletes typically choose to have surgery to repair a completely ruptured Achilles tendon, while older people are more likely to opt for the nonsurgical treatment, according to mayoclinic.org.

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