Seemingly a magnet for injuries last season Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich is on the mend after suffering a concussion in last Friday’s home win over the Pacers. But as has been the case with the veteran reserve it’s not just one ailment he’s recovering from simultaneously as Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau revealed that Hinrich also suffered a previously unreported shoulder injury in the fourth quarter of the same contest. Still the coach believes Hinrich’s condition is improving. “He actually shot well moved at a game speed so we’ll see how he feels tomorrow as well” Thibodeau said of Hinrich after Thursday afternoon’s practice at the Berto Center though he also noted that the guard hasn’t taken contact yet and would have to first be cleared by the Bulls’ medical staff before returning the floor. “He’s been cleared from the concussion so that part’s good. He has a little soreness that he’s got to get past.” Hinrich himself downplayed the shoulder injury. “I took a shot in the shoulder blade as well. It’s been giving me some trouble doing basketball activities” he explained. “I’ve been feeling much better though. I’m starting to feel more confident. I’m glad the concussion thing is hopefully behind me. I’m just taking it day-by-day.” While Thibodeau didn’t sound overly optimistic about Hinrich returning to the lineup for the Bulls’ final preseason game Friday night against the Denver Nuggets at the United Center the backup guard said it’s not out of the realm of possibility.
Bulls vet Hinrich cleared from concussion, nursing shoulder injury
CSN Chicago | Oct 25