- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 24, 2002


Seen and heard last night at American Airlines Center:
HOLDING THEIR BREATH:Rookie power forward Jared Jeffries was limping around on crutches yesterday after injuring his left knee in practice Sunday. Jeffries, who injured the knee during a collision with Christian Laettner, will undergo an MRI today in Washington. The Wizards have some concern the injury could be worse than a sprain.
A Dallas-area doctor examined Jeffries, but the team won't be certain of what is wrong until after the results of the MRI are available.
"Yesterday after it happened I was in pain every time I tried to stand up," said Jeffries, who wasn't allowed to take any pain killers until yesterday.
Wizards coach Doug Collins seemed anxious while discussing the injury. "We're holding our breath that it's not serious," Collins said.
REDSKINS KILLER:Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith was at the game last night, no doubt getting in a little excitement before the Cowboys attempt to extend their winning streak against the Redskins to 11 games Sunday at FedEx Field.
RARE AIR:On back-to-back possessions near the end of the first half, Washington's two best players Jerry Stackhouse and Michael Jordan threw up air balls.
John N. Mitchell

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