Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball will not return to Monday's preseason game against the Washington Wizards after suffering a sprained left ankle.
Ball suffered the injury while driving through the paint in the third quarter:
He exited the game after recording nine points on 2-of-10 shooting, six rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes.
The Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com) noted Ball is expected to have his ankle further evaluated on Tuesday.
"Fingers crossed that it is not something serious," Charlotte coach Steve Clifford said after his team's 116-107 loss.
Unfortunately for Charlotte, Ball wasn't the only player to leave Monday's contest with an injury. Center Mason Plumlee had previously exited with a left foot sprain.
After an injury-plagued rookie campaign, Ball was in the lineup for 75 games during his All-Star second season.
The Hornets entered this season with hopes of making the postseason, so any long-term absence for their franchise face will throw a wrench into those plans.
Should Ball wind up missing time, Terry Rozier would see a massive uptick in responsibility.
Charlotte opens the regular season on Oct. 19 against the San Antonio Spurs.