Jeff Taylor is out for the remainder of the NBA season after rupturing his right Achilles tendon, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer has learned.
Taylor fell awkwardly on the first possession of the game against the Detroit Pistons and left for the rest of the game. He had been moved into the starting lineup after Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a fractured hand last month.
The injury comes as a saddening end to Taylor's season after holding so much promise following an impressive offseason playing for his home country of Sweden and in Las Vegas Summer League for the Bobcats. His shooting and versatility gave the Bobcats more options than they had. Though inconsistent at times, Taylor's range had showed the flashes the Bobcats needed on a team lacking shooting prowess.
Kidd-Gilchrist likely won't return until January so the Bobcats will have to make adjustments for their injuries. Anthony Tolliver will likely see a lot of playing time at small forward, as well as Gerald Henderson.
Kobe Bryant infamously suffered an Achilles rupture last season and just made his return (though he just went out again after a knee injury). Estimated return times could be a year or more, though Bryant's was only eight months.
All we can hope for is that Taylor has a speedy and full recovery.