Brandon Ingram in concussion protocol; Zion Williamson questionable

METAIRIE, La. – New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram is on the NBA concussion log after colliding with a teammate in Sunday’s 122-121 overtime loss to the Utah Jazz, the team announced Monday.

There is no timetable for Ingram’s return; He must complete a series of steps to ensure he is symptom free before he can resume basketball activities.

Coach Willie Green said he expects Zion Williamson and Herb Jones, who also sustained injuries in Sunday’s game, to be listed as possible for Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks.

Williamson didn’t finish Sunday’s game with what the team called a rear hip bruise, and Jones pinched his knee late but stayed in the game until he fouled with 11.5 seconds left.

Green said Monday he was grateful the Pelicans avoided potentially serious injuries in all three.

“Z’s fall could have been a lot worse and doesn’t appear to be the case. Pains. bruises. Brandon gets punched in the face. Herb’s knees,” Green said. “Nothing catastrophic, but something to monitor for the next few days.”

Green initially told reporters that Ingram was not on the concussion log “at the moment,” but the team was still in the process of examining him. Ingram was not included in the record until later in the day.

The Pelicans had imaging done on Jones’ right knee Monday morning, and Green said everything was fine.

“We’ll see how they feel as we go through shootaround and move on from there,” Green said.

Williamson fell heavily in the fourth quarter with 8:07 to go when his dunk attempt was blocked by jazz guard Jordan Clarkson. Williamson, who had just blocked Clarkson’s shot at the other end, thought he had a breakaway slam and back-racked the ball with his left hand. Clarkson got the ball and Williamson fell and landed on his butt.

He initially tried to stay in the game but possession later Williamson was taken out but remained on the bench. Green said after the game that Williamson could not return because of the injury.

In the first quarter, Ingram collided with teammate Naji Marshall as the two attempted to steal a pass. Marshall’s hand made contact with Ingram and on the ensuing possession, the Pelicans called a timeout for Ingram to check himself out of the game.

After being assessed by the team coach, Ingram appeared to be fine and even told some teammates on the bench that he was fine. Ingram checked back in at 6:33 in the second quarter, but less than a minute later he called the bank to check out. Instead of going to the bench, Ingram went straight to the locker room, followed by the team staff.

After playing the Mavericks on Tuesday, the Pelicans head west for a three-game road trip against the Phoenix Suns, LA Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers.

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Emma Bowman

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