BOSTON — Just when the Bulls thought they avoided the injury bug, it popped back up three games into the season — sort of.
Michael Carter-Williams will miss three to four weeks with a left knee bruise, according to an ESPN report. He took a fall underneath the Brooklyn Nets’ basket in the second quarter Monday night, staying down before getting up and walking under his own power, with a significant limp and didn’t return.
And Doug McDermott missed practice at Emerson College in Boston because he entered the NBA’s concussion protocol after getting “hit in the head a couple times” against the Nets, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said.
“He felt fine when he got to the hotel last night,” Hoiberg said. “But we just wanted to be safe with him and leave him back. We just have to make sure he gets through the necessary steps and hopefully we’ll have him tomorrow. He was a little groggy last night.”
According to the NBA’s concussion protocol, initiated in 2011, a player “will have to complete a series of steps to confirm that he's healthy enough for competition. Once he is free of symptoms, the player must make it through increasing stages of exertion — from a stationary bike, to jogging, to agility work, to non-contact team drills — while ensuring the symptoms don't return after each one. Then the neurologist hired to lead the NBA's concussion program needs to be consulted before the player is cleared.”
Hoiberg said the Bulls should know about McDermott’s status in the morning shootaround Wednesday before the Bulls play the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.