Wizards' Bradley Beal: Passes concussion protocol
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(9/30/2016) Beal has passed the league's concussion protocol, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.

Beal sustained the concussion after taking an accidental blow to the head in Wednesday's practice. However, the injury does not appear to be serious as he has already been cleared to return to the court. The 23-year-old sharp shooter is expected to go through a 45-minute workout Friday, and subsequently return to practice with the team on Saturday.


Hawks' Dennis Schroder: Will be reevaluated in a few days
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(9/30/2016) Schroder, who was held out of Thursday's practice with a sore ankle, is expected to be reevaluated in a few days, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer indicated the Hawks were erring on the side of caution by keeping Schroder, the projected starter at point guard, out for a few days in order for him to recover from the injury. In addition to Schroder, backup point guard Jarrett Jack (knee) has also been limited at camp, leaving Malcolm Delaney and Will Bynum as the only healthy players capable of running the offense during practices.


Clippers' Alan Anderson: Misses practice with ankle injury
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(9/29/2016) Anderson is dealing with an ankle injury and was held out of Thursday's practice, Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reports.

It's not exactly clear when the injury occurred, but Anderson is being held out for "precautionary measure". With that said, it doesn't sound like anything serious and he'll likely make a return to practice in the near future. Anderson is currently competing with Luc Mbah a Moute and Wesley Johnson for the starting small forward gig, so he'll likely push to get back to practice as soon as possible.


Bulls' Denzel Valentine: Sees time at point guard
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(9/29/2016) Throughout the beginning of training camp, Valentine has played 70 percent of of his time on the wing, while also seeing 30 percent at point guard, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Valentine is slated to spend the majority of his rookie season on the wing, fighting with the likes of Doug McDermott and Tony Snell for minutes behind Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler. However, the Bulls are experimenting with Valentine at point guard as well, where the team has some unproven talent behind starter Rajon Rondo. Valentine has the ability to be both a scorer and a facilitator, evidenced by his averages of 19.2 points and 7.8 assists during his senior season at Michigan State, so he shouldn't have too much trouble adjusting to that role. Valentine will likely see some time at point guard during the preseason, which should also give us a better indication of his role heading into his rookie campaign.


Magic's Elfrid Payton: Misses second straight practice
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(9/29/2016) Payton (hip) was sidelined a second straight practice Thursday, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

A projected starter for the upcoming season, Payton has been dealing with a strained hip flexor throughout the start of training camp. He indicated Wednesday that his injury was feeling better, but he took another day off Thursday for further rest and recovery. The Magic open up their preseason schedule against the Grizzlies on Oct. 3, so for now, consider Payton questionable for that matchup.


Mavericks' Devin Harris: Will take contact Friday
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(9/29/2016) Harris (toe) will take contact during Friday's practice, Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Harris started training camp as a limited participant and was held out of contact portions of practice, as he was being eased into action after undergoing offseason surgery on his toe. However, he's progressed enough over the first couple of days during camp, that he's going to go through a full-contact practice on Friday. With that said, it appears he's nearing a return to full strength, although it wouldn't be surprising if the Mavericks kept him limited once they open up their preseason schedule against the Pelicans on Oct. 1.


Wizards' Marcus Thornton: Suffers sprained thumb
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(9/29/2016) Thornton was held out of practice Thursday with a sprained thumb, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.

Thornton jammed his finger during a previous practice and is now dealing with some lingering pain, so the Wizards will hold him out to avoid any further damage. Considering it's only a minor sprain, it likely won't cost him much time, although his status for the Wizards' preseason opener on Oct. 4 remains questionable. He should be considered day-to-day for the time being.


Wizards' Bradley Beal: Being evaluated for concussion
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(9/29/2016) Beal has been placed in the league's concussion protocol and sat out of practice on Thursday, J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.

Beal took an accidental shot to the head from teammate Ian Mahinmi during Wednesday's practice and he's now being evaluated for a concussion. The Wizards open up their preseason schedule on Oct. 4 versus Miami, so depending on how long Beal's symptoms last, he could be held out of that matchup. We should see his status updated in the coming few days.


Hawks' Dennis Schroder: Sits out of practice with sore ankle
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(9/29/2016) Schroder was held out of Thursday's practice with a sore ankle, KL Chouinard of Hawks.com reports.

The injury isn't expected to be serious and the Hawks will monitor his status over the next few days, so Schroder doesn't appear to be in danger of missing the start of the preseason schedule. Schroder is expected to move into a regular starting role this season with the departure of Jeff Teague, so it wouldn't be surprising if the Hawks opted to give him several days off to avoid any lingering issue.


Hornets' Jeremy Lamb: Sits out of practice with ankle sprain
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(9/29/2016) Lamb was held out of Thursday's practice with an ankle injury.

It remains to be seen what the severity of the injury is, but Lamb sat out of practice Thursday with a sprained ankle and will likely be evaluated again prior to Friday's practice session. Considering it's still training camp, the Hornets may opt to play it safe with Lamb and hold him out for a few days. With that said, Lamb is expected to be a key depth option at both shooting guard and small forward during the upcoming season and will look to build on his first campaign with the Hornets when he averaged career-highs of 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds over 18.6 minutes per game.


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