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Patrick Williams Is Dealing with a Shoulder Strain and Will “Likely Be Questionable” for Tomorrow’s Home-Opener (UPDATE)

Chicago Bulls

Ah, well that’s not a headline you like to see.

According to NBC Sports Chicago’s Rob Schaefer, head coach Billy Donovan said that Patrick Williams is dealing with a shoulder injury following Wednesday night’s season-opener. While the rookie was able to shoot today with what does not appear to be a “severe” injury, Donovan said he will likely be questionable heading into Friday’s home opener.

I remember the exact play where it looked like Williams suffered some shoulder discomfort. About one and half minutes into the third quarter, Williams got tied up for a loose ball with guard Killian Hayes. As he dove to the floor, Hayes could be seen landing on top of Williams’ shoulder as he grabbed the ball and simultaneously pulled Williams’ arm in an awkward way. The second-year forward was noticeably slow to get up as he kind of held his arm inward. However, despite this, Williams stayed on the floor and remained active for the rest of the game.

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Chances are Williams is simply feeling the after effect of this odd tie-up. All things considered, the words from Donovan are encouraging, but the team could always plan to be extra cautious since we are just one game into the season. There is no denying that Williams’ absence on Friday would be a big one, though, as he is likely going to be in charge of slowing down the Pelicans’ go-to guy, Brandon Ingram.

UPDATE (5:02)

The Chicago Bulls have now listed Patrick Williams as “probable” for tomorrow night’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

While we should still keep a close eye on how Williams looks if he takes the court tomorrow, this should give us a pretty clear indication that the injury is nothing series.

Anyway, as someone who is going to be in the United Center tomorrow, I’m certainly happy to know P-Will should be on the court!



Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is a writer for Bleacher Nation and a human being. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.