Charlotte Bobcats power forward Byron Mullens was held out of contact drills at practice Monday because of continued swelling in his right knee.
Mullens sat out Saturdays preseason loss to the Detroit Pistons with the same injury. It happened in practice Friday, in a collision with teammate Bismack Biyombo.
Biz hurt me hes taking people out, Mullens joked after practice Monday. It was a knee-to-knee thing (causing) a little bone bruise. Got a little swelling going on.
The Bobcats dont consider the injury serious, but its unclear whether Mullens will be cleared to play in Tuesdays exhibition against the Miami Heat in Raleigh. Mullens has been the Bobcats second-leading scorer this preseason at 15.8 points and started the first four exhibitions.
I tried to go today and it was still a little tight, so Im taking it a little easy right now, Mullens said. Theres no rush to get back. Just trying to get back to 100 percent. Rick Bonnell
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