- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 23, 2005

The injuries to Antawn Jamison and Gilbert Arenas that forced them to leave Friday’s 97-91 preseason loss to Denver are not serious and a game-time decision on their status will be made tonight at Houston.

Both players left the game in the third quarter. Jamison suffered a bruised right shoulder, while Arenas left the game with a right eye abrasion.

“We’ll continue to monitor them up to game time and then we’ll make a decision,” a team spokesman said last night.

The injury is Arenas’ second of the preseason. After scoring 12 points in the preseason opener against Cleveland, Arenas missed the next two games because of a sore hamstring.

He then scored 27 and 24 points, respectively, in consecutive games against the Los Angeles Lakers and the Charlotte Bobcats. He left the Denver game with eight points.

Jamison has played in all six of the Wizards’ games. He is averaging 7.3 points in 21 minutes.

But the bigger concern for the Wizards (2-4) is the status of guard/forward Jarvis Hayes. Hayes hasn’t played in a game since he scored 19 against San Antonio on Oct.13.

Hayes, who is recovering from a broken kneecap that ended his 2004-05 season, has been battling soreness in the same right knee. The Wizards say that keeping Hayes out right now is strictly precautionary, and they believe he will be healthy enough to join the team for the start of the regular season in Toronto on Nov.2.

The injury has no doubt hurt Hayes in his bid to capture either the starting shooting guard or small forward positions, the two unclaimed slots in the starting lineup. He most likely will miss tonight’s game as well.

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