Mike Dunleavy Injury: Updates on Bulls Forward's Eye Laceration and Return

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2014

Chicago Bulls' Mike Dunleavy (34) drives past Phoenix Suns' P.J. Tucker during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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The Chicago Bulls have been snakebitten by injuries the past two seasons. 

You can add Mike Dunleavy to that list.

Fortunately for Bulls fans, his ailment doesn’t look like one that will keep him out for an extended amount of time. That being said, it still appeared rather painful, as Rachel Nichols of CNN and Turner Sports pointed out:

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The Chicago Bulls' official Twitter page gave the details of how the injury occurred:

KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune later confirmed that Dunleavy latter returned to the game:

Nichols provided the exact amount of stitches he needed to cover up his gash:

The Bulls are known for their gritty and physical defense, so it should come as no surprise that Dunleavy hurt himself when trying to take a charge.

Chicago is currently in a tight race with the likes of the Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Brooklyn Nets for the No. 3 seed behind the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers in the wide-open Eastern Conference—they can ill-afford to lose the sharp-shooter for an extended period of time.

If Dunleavy were seriously injured, it would hurt the Bulls' already tenuous depth situation and eliminate one of their best three-point shooters from the rotation.

Check back for updates as they unfold.