Kirk Hinrich suffered a concussion in Friday night’s Bulls win over the Indiana Pacers and is expected to miss a “couple of days,” according to coach Tom Thibodeau.
With the Bulls playing it cautious with Noah, in shutting him down possibly for the rest of preseason to fully recover from a strained groin, one would think that Hinrich could potentially miss the remainder of the Bulls preseason schedule.
“He’ll have to go through a series of tests, make sure he’s OK,” Thibodeau told reporters after the team's afternoon practice. “He said he was feeling a lot better (Saturday).”
Hinrich suffered the injury midway through the fourth quarter when his head collided with teammate Erik Murphy’s knee. He exited the game for Mike James during the next dead ball and was slow to get up and trying to regain his vision.
Once Hinrich is free of concussion symptoms, he will be placed through several stages of exertion - from a stationary bike, to jogging, to agility work, to non-contact team drills - while ensuring the symptoms don't return after each one. Then the neurologist hired to lead the NBA's concussion program needs to be consulted before he is cleared.
Jimmy Butler participate in most of Saturday’s non-contact practice but could miss his third straight game when the Bulls take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.
Derrick Rose also went through all of practice one night after scoring 32 points in 31 minutes of play.