Tyreke Evans Out With a Concussion and Potentially Fractured Jaw

If you watch the game against the Bucks, you know that Tyreke Evans left the game in crunch time with a badly lacerated gum, a concussion and a potentially fractured jaw. The Bee's Jason Jones reports Evans will not travel with the team to L.A. for Sunday's game against the Clippers, and will have the head and jaw checked out today.

Ersan Ilyasova was fighting with Carl Landry and Evans for a key rebound late when Ilyasova's elbow popped Reke in the face. It's not clear whether the elbow's impact caused the concussion, or whether it was the subsequent hard fall to the ground. It clearly wasn't a dirty play, but it looked painful as hell.

There are almost four weeks left in the regular season. The last King to suffer a fractured jaw was Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who chose to have it wired shut over surgery. He played about 10 days after the injury ... with his mouth wired shut. But the Kings were in a playoff chase at the time, in 2005-06, just before the Ron Artest-Peja Stojakovic game.

Abdur-Rahim did not suffer a concussion with that blow (a dirty Zach Randolph elbow), though. Concussions are far trickier to deal with. Ask Gerald Wallace.

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