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Zion sat end of game with posterior hip contusion, Ingram with possible concussion

Utah Jazz v New Orleans Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 23: Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans dribbles the ball during the game against the Utah Jazz on October 23, 2022 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)

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UPDATE: In a move that was almost expected after he missed the second half of the last game with concussion-like symptoms, the Pelicans’ Brandon Ingram has been placed in the league’s concussion protocol.

The return time from a concussion varies widely, depending upon the injury and the person. It could be a couple of games or a couple of weeks or longer.

Zion is listed as questionable for the Pelicans game Tuesday against the Mavericks.

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The Pelicans almost pulled off a comeback against the suddenly unstoppable Jazz — and did it without their two young stars.

Zion Williamson sat the final 8:07 of the game with what the team has called a “posterior hip contusion” following a fall when Jordan Clarkson blocked a transition dunk attempt by Zion.

Williamson did not go back to the locker room after the fall and late in the game was seen by reporters trying to talk to coach Willie Green, apparently asking to re-enter the game. Green said postgame he was told by the team’s medical staff Zion could not re-enter. Williamson finished the night with 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting plus six rebounds in 30 minutes.

Based on that and Zion’s reaction, the injury does not appear to be serious, but we will likely learn more Monday.

The same is true for Brandon Ingram, who played just 11 minutes in this game and none in the second half after he was sat down due to “concussion-like symptoms.” There were no details after the game.

The Pelicans made their run late in the game by going smaller — with Zion out, Green also decided to sit Jonas Valanciunas and play Larry Nance Jr. at the five, and that lineup, with a healthy dose of CJ McCollum, almost won the Pelicans the game. Expect Green to go back to that on occasion.