Nik Vucevic, who is recovering from a mild concussion he sustained on March 19, won't play when the Orlando Magic play the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night. Vucevic said Tuesday he wasn't scheduled to accompany the team to North Carolina, but he said he expects to play again this season. "I'm getting better," the 22-year-old center said. "I'm better day-by-day. I'll leave it up to the trainer and the doctor." Vucevic suffered his injury when he absorbed an elbow to his mouth against the Indiana Pacers. The shot left him a bit dazed and left him wondering whether he had lost any teeth. In the days that followed, he said he had a headache and some sensitivity to light. After some tests, a doctor determined he had sustained a concussion. In Dec. 2011, the league instituted a concussion protocol. Physician Jeffrey Kutcher, an associate professor of neurology at the University of Michigan and the director of the NBA's concussion program, consults with all teams on the return-to-play schedules of players who have suffered concussions. Coach Jacque Vaughn might decide to not to play Vucevic even after Vucevic receives a medical OK to play again. Vaughn has been cautious in putting players back on the court after injuries. Vucevic wouldn't speculate on how close he is to playing again. "I don't know," he said. "All that is up to the trainer. I just follow what he says."
Nik Vucevic won't play against the Bobcats on Wednesday
Orlando Sentinel | Mar 27