The New Orleans Pelicans announced on Monday that they have placed Brandon Ingram into the NBA’s concussion protocols, after Ingram sustained a concussion during the first quarter of last night’s 122-121 overtime loss against the Utah Jazz. Coach Willie Green initially told reporters that Ingram was not in concussion protocol “at the moment” but that the team was still in the process of evaluating him. It wasn’t until later in the day that Ingram was placed in the protocol.
According to the team’s release, “There is no timeframe to complete the process, as each injury and player is different and recovery time can vary in each case.” Ingram’s injury came in a collision with Naji Marshall during a first-half scramble. While he assured the bench he was fine and re-entered the game, he went into the locker room for the mandated concussion checks shortly after. Per the NBA’s Concussion Policy, Ingram must go through the return-to-participation process, which can begin no earlier than 24 hours from the time of injury. The return-to-participation process includes a series of steps designed to ensure an athlete exhibits symptom-free behavior before resuming full basketball activities.
Zion Williamson and Herb Jones, who also suffered injuries in Sunday’s game, are expected to be listed as questionable for Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks.
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