Shock guard has missed last 12 games

Powell’s Foot Healing Properly

Elaine Powell had X-rays taken Tuesday that revealed her injured left foot is healing properly. Powell started Detroit’s first 10 games before suffering a Linsfranc injury during the June 11 contest at Los Angeles.

“Imagine someone steps hard on the arch of your foot and flattens your whole foot out,” said Shock athletic trainer Laura Ramus. Former Lions running back Kevin Jones suffered an injury in the same location and missed more than a year after having surgery to repair the fracture.

“It is common in sport, and it is a devastating injury,” Ramus said. “Fortunately she didn’t have the fracture.” Instead, Powell tore ligaments, “so it’s a sprain. Like an ankle spain but it’s in a different part of the foot … the part of the foot that supports (weight).”

A nine-year veteran whose only prior injury history was six missed games for shin splints in 2006, Powell has missed 12 games already and not yet resumed full-speed, full-contact activities. “Unfortunately this is the kind of injury that typically takes eight weeks to come back from,” Ramus said. The injury occurred five weeks to the day Wednesday.

Fortunately, the WNBA is halting its season for nearly all of August, giving Powell renewed hope to return in 2008. Had the schedule continued uninterrupted, Powell might have missed the remainder of the regular season.

“We’re looking for her to rejoin us after that (Olympic break),” Ramus said. When league play resumes, the Shock have seven regular-season games before the playoffs.

Before the injury, Powell was averaging 5.3 points and 2.2 assists.