Duhon taken to hospital with neck injury

Updated: October 26, 2005, 11:52 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Chicago Bulls guard Chris Duhon was taken to the hospital after crashing to the floor under the basket in the first quarter of Wednesday night's exhibition game against Minnesota.

Duhon was carried off the floor on a stretcher after being fouled by Eddie Griffin on a drive to the basket late in the period. Team officials said Duhon was conscious, had movement in his extremities and complained of a sore neck.

He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center to be examined for a concussion. Preliminary tests showed nothing serious, but Duhon was being kept overnight for further observation.

"We're keeping our fingers crossed and hope he's OK," Chicago coach Scott Skiles said after the Bulls lost to the Timberwolves 100-92. "It's a blow to us for sure."

Duhon drove to the basket and had his shot blocked by Griffin. His momentum sent him crashing to the floor, and he landed on his rear first and then his head hit the floor.

In a scary moment, Duhon lay motionless for several minutes while being attended to by team doctors and medical staff. His teammates watched in anxious silence, then applauded as he was taken out of the arena.

The second-year player averaged 6.0 points and 4.9 assists a game for the Bulls in his rookie season.


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