PG dislocates shoulder during practice

Updated: October 19, 2004, 11:17 AM ET
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Charlotte point guard Mitchell Baldwin dislocated his shoulder in practice Monday and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks, the school announced Wednesday morning.

Baldwin, who had just returned to practice after missing four weeks with a fractured right hand, was participating in only his second practice.

"This is a very unfortunate occurrence, especially for someone who has been out the last four weeks," 49ers head coach Bobby Lutz said. "Mitchell was so excited to be out there. It's very disappointing for him and we're hopeful his recovery will be as fast and as full as possible. We know he will rehab as hard as possible and will be back as soon as the injury allows. We can't wait to get him back. He changes practices because of his speed and adds another level to how we play."

The injury happened as Baldwin was finishing a driving layup. According to the school, Baldwin, a junior, will wear a sling for a week and should be able to practice (wearing a shoulder harness) a week or two after that.

"We were having our best practice of the year," Lutz said, "and Mitchell was a big part of that. He was just so happy to be practicing. He had great energy. It was a clean play, but very unfortunate."