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Injury Bug Bites the Chicago Bulls Yet Again

After just one practice, the first Chicago Bulls injury report is already here.

And so it begins. It only took one day in Chicago for injuries to occur. After one training camp practice session, the Bulls have already come out with their first injury report of the 2019-2020 season.

Not even 24 hours after Media Day wrapped up, Chicago has been stung, once again, by the injury bug.

It is being reported that Wendell Carter Jr. has suffered from a left ankle sprain. Meanwhile, rookie Daniel Gafford hyperextended his right elbow.

Jim Boylen spoke to reporters after their first training camp practice explaining that he’s not necessarily concerned about Carter Jr. and his ankle injury. His status will be day-to-day. On the other hand, Gafford’s hyperextended elbow will be a concern moving forward.

Last season, Wendell Carter played in 44 games during his rookie campaign before being sidelined with an apparent thumb injury. In July, he had surgery to repair a muscle core. The 20-year-old just hasn’t been able to escape injuries since being drafted by Chicago after playing in every basketball game prior.

Jim Boylen: “In practice, Wendell Carter sprained his left ankle. As of this moment, there’s no swelling, little soreness. We expect him to be day-to-day. Daniel Gafford, right elbow hyperextension. We’ll evaluate him further as the day goes on and see how that feels.”

The rookie center out of Arkansas is going to be re-evaluated, but the growing speculation is that the injury is similar to Lauri Markkanen‘s elbow issue a season ago. This devastating injury kept Markkanen sidelined for 8-12 weeks.

Let’s hope Daniel Gafford doesn’t follow the same path.

In other news, the Bulls are feeling quite well about their first training camp practice; a session that went for three hours.

The Bulls tip-off their preseason action on October 7th against the Milwaukee Bucks. As reported, it appears Wendell Carter Jr. will be able to suit up. However, we’ll have to wait to see about Gafford, as his status is up in the air.

With Chandler Hutchison and Denzel Valentine slowly battling back from their injuries, this recent news out of training camp is very unfortunate. Like, are the Bulls always going to be riddled with injuries?

Nonetheless, positivity is still flourishing around the Advocate Center and the Bulls continue their journey to the playoffs tomorrow.


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