As Rock M. Nation notes, four weeks from now would be Jan. 10, when Mizzou has a home game against Georgia.
On Nov. 26, just days after the surgery, Porter questioned the original timeline in a Snapchat post, writing whoever said it was gonna take 3-4 months to recover lied.
Who said that? Well, Mizzou. It seemed odd Porter would publicly call out the program like that, but perhaps this is another indication that the Tigers just wanted to be cautious with the initial diagnosis. That way there was no pressure from fanbase on Porter to return this season if he was unable to.
Make no mistake, back injuries are terrifying for athletes even if most recover fully. That’s even true for a 19-year-old like Porter Jr.
The most famous recent example of a basketball player to undergo a microdiscectomy is Dwight Howard. Howard had the procedure done in April 2012 before he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. Anyone who saw him play in LA knew he didn’t look like the same agile, limber center that dominated the league as a member of the Orlando Magic even six months after the surgery.
Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan added a gold to his country’s count with a brilliant showing in the free skate. American Nathan Chen had an even better showing, but a poor short program in the preceding round hurt his total score and he did not podium. Japan also got a silver from figure skating thanks to Shoma Uno, while Spain picked up its first ever figure skating medal and fourth ever Winter Olympics medal with Javier Fernandez securing bronze.
The evening also saw the women’s super-G event, where American Lindsey Vonn was hoping to medal. Unfortunately, she struggled and finished tied for sixth place. Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic won a surprise gold with a time of 1:21.11. Anna Veith of Austria took the silver, while Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein won the bronze.
In the women’s slopestyle finals, also late in the evening, Sarah Hoefflin and Mathilde Gremaud of Sweden took gold and silver, with Isabel Atkin of Great Britain managing a surprising bronze.