The injury Washington Wizards forward Jarvis Hayes sustained in an ugly fall Saturday night turned out to be less serious than initially feared.
Hayes, who sustained a back bruise and hit his head on the floor while attempting to block a shot by the Cavaliers’ Shannon Brown, was released from Sibley Memorial Hospital on Saturday night and will be listed as day-to-day.
The fall occurred late in the Wizards’ 111-99 victory over Cleveland. With 2:31 left and the Wizards (4-5) leading 111-90, Hayes took the spill. He lay on the ground for several minutes before having his head and neck secured. Hayes was removed from the arena on a stretcher.
X-rays taken at the hospital were negative, and Hayes likely will be with the team when it begins its three-game road trip with a game tomorrow night in Dallas.
Hayes was unavailable for comment.
Hayes missed 89 games the past two seasons because of a knee injury for which he had offseason surgery. He’s averaging 6.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in 18.6 minutes this season.
Hayes will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
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