North Carolina's PJ Hairston Taken Off on Stretcher After Blow to the Head

Ethan GrantAnalyst IJanuary 29, 2013

AUSTIN, TX - DECEMBER 19:  P.J. Hairston #15 of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels brings the ball up the court against the University of Texas Longhorns on December 19, 2012 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
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In a scary moment on Tuesday night at Silvio O. Conte Forum on the campus of Boston College, North Carolina guard P.J. Hairston had to be taken off the court by stretcher after hitting his head hard on the deck in the first half.

After being removed by stretcher, the University announced Hairston suffered a concussion, and would not return for the second half against Boston College.


UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 4, at 12:01 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

P.J. Hairston is doubtful for the team's upcoming game due to the flu after missing last weekend's game due to a concussion, according to ESPN's Robbi Pickeral.

North Carolina reserve P.J. Hairston, who sat out Saturday’s overtime win over Virginia Tech because of a concussion, is doubtful to play Tuesday against Wake Forest because of the flu, coach Roy Williams said Monday. 

'Yesterday, when I left practice, I thought that he would practice [today],’ Williams said during the ACC’s morning conference call. 'But last night, he got a little flu bug, and he [was] throwing up last night and this morning, and they’ve got him over at the hospital right now with some IVs, and I think that will postpone some of the things that he can do today in practice. I’m not saying that he’s not going to play, but I think it’s highly unlikely.'

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 4:55 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

It sounds like Hairston's concussion isn't too serious, and he will be doubtful to play on Saturday against Virginia Tech according to Inside Carolina:

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Chris Moore had an on-court look at Hairston as he was being removed from the facility:

According to the Inside Carolina on Twitter, Hairston was later diagnosed with a concussion, per the report from the University:

Inside Carolina also reported that Hairston returned to the bench following his medical examination:

The sophomore guard from Greensboro has been having a breakout season for head coach Roy Williams and the Tar Heels, and was doing much of the same before sustaining the concussion against Boston College.

Hairston had 14 points, three assists and a steal before he was taken off the court, and also was shooting 4-of-5 from the floor before colliding with teammate Dexter Strickland as both attempted to contest a shot at the rim. After getting tangled with Strickland, Hairston fell hard on his back and banged his head, and Williams and the medical staff were on the court several minutes as he stayed on his back (h/t Associated Press).

Averaging 12.3 points and 4.1 rebounds for the Tar Heels this season, Hairston is the team's second leading scorer and had his best career game—a 23-point outburst against Florida State—this month.

North Carolina (13-6, 3-3 ACC) took a 48-33 lead into the locker room following Hairston's injury.

We'll continue to monitor his status as more information emerges, but for now, consider Hairston questionable until we learn the full extent of his concussion.