Gordon Hayward is roughly two weeks away from being out of his walking boot completely, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher and Rich" on Thursday. "He’s progressing along,” Ainge said. “He can take the boot off for short periods of time, but yeah, he’s doing really well." “His therapy is going great. He’s right on schedule. He’s doing sometimes two workouts a day trying to get stronger. And the next phases are just getting out of the boot completely, but I still think that’s a couple weeks away from being permanently out of the boot.” Hayward suffered a fractured left tibia and dislocated left ankle in gruesome fashion in the first quarter of the Celtics' season-opener against the Cavaliers on Oct. 17. Hayward fell awkwardly and his left leg buckled underneath him unnaturally. His leg was visibly disfigured, and the Cavs bench had an animated reaction to the gnarly image in front of them. Play was stopped for multiple minutes before Hayward was carried off the court. Hayward's wife Robyn posted a video of Hayward holding his daughter on his lap to her Instagram story, and in the video Hayward was not wearing a walking boot. That piqued interest as to Hayward's rehab progress and the possibility of a return this season.
Gordon Hayward Roughly Two Weeks From Being Out of Walking Boot, Ainge Says
SI | Dec 7