What’s The Status Of Injured Players?

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006

QUESTION OF THE DAY
Conrad Brunner


Q. What is the status on the injuries to Orien (Greene), Jamaal (Tinsley), Jermaine (O'Neal), Marquis (Daniels) and John (Edwards)? (From Jeremy in Indianapolis)


A.
To this point, most of the preseason injuries have fallen into the category of typical early aches, pains, stretches and strains. No matter how well a player conditions himself during the offseason, nothing can completely prepare him for the rigors of full-court basketball, so these types of issues typically arise in training camp. Edwards has missed the most time. He opened camp on the sideline with a sore back; the day he returned to practice, he strained a groin.

Of the others, Greene's injury is the most significant from a time-missed standpoint, as he's expected to sit two more weeks with the broken pinky finger on his left hand suffered in the preseason opener on Oct. 11. That would make him available right around the regular-season opener, which is less than two weeks away (Nov. 1 in Charlotte).

The rest of the injuries are not believed to be anything other than short-term, although Daniels' sore hamstring already has kept him out of three full games and most of another. It's not wise to rush a player back from a hamstring injury at any point but particularly so in the preseason, so it's likely the team's medical staff is being cautious with Daniels.

Tinsley's jaw is very sore and stiff but there was no fracture. He was held out of last night's game in Cincinnati. O'Neal entered the game with a sore right Achilles tendon and left it after playing just 18 minutes with a sore hamstring. Both starters are listed as day-to-day, which generally means their status won't be determined until just before game-time.

Three other players have missed games, neither with a major problem. Al Harrington was held out of the Minnesota game Monday night as a precaution; Josh Powell has been bothered by the flu recently, though he returned to action against the Nuggets and played very well; Maceo Baston missed the second preseason game with a sore foot but has since returned.

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