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The Charlotte Hornets announced today that forward PJ Washington has suffered a fractured fifth finger on his right hand. The injury occurred during the fourth quarter of last night’s 83-73 win over the Chicago Bulls. Washington will be listed as out for tomorrow’s game against the Indiana Pacers and further updates on his status will be provided when available.
The Hornets chose forward-center Washington 12th overall in June, then shut him down for Las Vegas Summer league in July due to ongoing soreness from an injury he suffered in March playing for Kentucky. Washington said he was held out of basketball activity for about two weeks, but is cleared medically now, with training camp starting in late September. “I’m pretty much cleared to do everything,” Washington said, after throwing out the first pitch at a Charlotte Knights game. “After summer league, it was about two weeks.”
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