Injury Update: Wendell Carter Jr. Downgraded to Doubtful for Friday Night's Game

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Injury Update: Wendell Carter Jr. Downgraded to Doubtful for Friday Night’s Game

Chicago Bulls

One day after leaving practice early with a thigh bruise, Wendell Carter Jr. has been downgraded to doubtful for tomorrow night’s game against the Charlotte Hornets.

However, Donovan did tell reporters on Thursday that Carter Jr. will travel with the team to Charlotte, which could tell us that the team doesn’t expect this to be any kind of lingering issue.

I think it’s worth a note, though, that this particular Carter Jr. absence would come at a rather unfortunate time for the Bulls. Earlier today, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski did report that Charlotte’s Cody Zeller plans to make his return to the court on Friday against Chicago. An aggressive big man, he recorded two double-doubles against the Bulls last season and gave them all kinds of trouble in each of their four matchups. The pressure will now likely be on Daniel Gafford to neutralize the assumingly eager rim-runner (has not played since the Hornets very first game of the season).

In other news, the Bulls should be at full-health tomorrow on the wing. Patrick Williams practiced after missing Monday’s game and Wednesday’s activities with a hip contusion, and Chandler Hutchison is also on track to be available for his first time since December 29th. The same can be said at the point guard position for Tomas Satoransky, who will surely help take some of the pressure off a slumping Coby White.

Let’s keep getting healthy, boys!

Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.