Anthony Davis Injury: Updates on Hornets Star's Head

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 2, 2012

The injury bug just won't leave the New Orleans Hornets.

Already stuck without shooting guard Eric Gordon, the team may lose power forward Anthony Davis after he left Friday's game against the Utah Jazz. According to beat writer Jim Eichenhofer, Davis is being tested for a concussion: 

Anthony Davis is out and will not return to the game vs. Utah tonight. He is being tested for a concussion

— Jim Eichenhofer (@Jim_Eichenhofer) November 3, 2012


UPDATE: Friday, November 9 at 12:00 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

Great news for Hornets fans: Jimmy Smith of the Times-Picayune and has the latest on Davis' status for Friday's game against the Bobcats:

hornets rookies Anthony Davis an d Austin Rivers back in starting lineup tonight against the Bobcats

— Jimmy Smith (@JimmySmithtp) November 9, 2012


New Orleans is coming off of an ugly, 77-62 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Hornets are off to a decent 2-2 start to the season, but Davis' presence is sure to help the team on both ends of the floor. Look for Davis to key a bounce back game for the home team and push his club back over .500.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 8 at 1:50 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Finally, some good news about Davis. Jimmy Smith of the Times-Picayune reports Davis has been able to shake the concussion symptoms that have held him out and the rookie center could be back as early as Friday.

Anthony Davis says no recurrance of concussion symptoms; hopes to play Friday vs. Bobcats.

— Jimmy Smith (@JimmySmithtp) November 8, 2012

The Hornets are likely going to play it safe with the new face of the franchise, so fantasy owners should wait for official word on his status before putting him back in lineups. It does sound like his return is imminent, though.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, November 7 at 11:25 a.m. ET

Awful news for Hornets fans and fantasy owners as rookie sensation Anthony Davis (concussion) will miss tonight's game against the 76ers, according to ESPN's Mason Ginsberg.

Going to be a thin roster for the #Hornets tonight; per @stevegellerwwl, both Davis (concussion) and Rivers (finger) won't play.

— Mason Ginsberg (@MasonGinsberg) November 7, 2012

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 2:10 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Don't expect to see Davis back on Wednesday night, as Jim Eichenhofer of reported:

Monty said R.Anderson "more than likely" will start Wed.: "Anthony (Davis) still has to go through his progression and is under evaluation"

— Jim Eichenhofer (@Jim_Eichenhofer) November 6, 2012

Obviously this has been disappointing for Hornets fans and those of the NBA in general, who want to see what Davis can do in his rookie campaign. Nonetheless, it seems as though he'll be returning sooner rather than later.

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UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 5 at 2:25 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

New Orleans head coach Monty Williams says that rookie power forward Anthony Davis "still has to get testing done" before he can be cleared to play this season according to beat writer Jim Eichenhofer via Twitter:

Monty said Anthony Davis "is still under evaluation. He still has to get testing done" before he can potentially be cleared to play.

— Jim Eichenhofer (@Jim_Eichenhofer) November 5, 2012

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UPDATE: Saturday, Nov. 2 at 12:01 a.m. by Tyler Conway

According to Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears, the tests on Davis' head have revealed a mild concussion and he won't make the Hornets' trip to face the Chicago Bulls:

Hornets Anthony Davis suffered mild concussion vs Utah tonight. He will get further tests in New Orleans Saturday and wont make Chicago trip

— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) November 3, 2012

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Already in a seeming leadership role in just his second career NBA game, Davis was having a solid performance before getting injured. He had put up eight points and six rebounds in 14 minutes before colliding with teammate Austin Rivers in the second quarter.

The former Kentucky Wildcats superstar was New Orleans' No. 1 overall pick in June's draft and certainly fit the billing in his first game as well. Active for just 29 minutes, Davis had 21 points and seven rebounds while providing the type of stalwart presence the Hornets hoped for. 

If Davis has a concussion, it could be a crushing blow to the Hornets' young season. Gordon is already out indefinitely with a knee injury, meaning a concussion could leave New Orleans without its two best players for an undisclosed amount of time. 

With awareness about the injury at an all-time high, there is little to no chance that the team will do anything to risk Davis' long-term health.

Be sure to check back in as we continue to give up-to-the-minute updates on the Hornets star's status.