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UNC's Hairston recovering, doubtful for Saturday

Posted January 30, 2013

P.J. Hairston (15) looks to pass during the North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Maryland Terrapins NCAA basketball game, Saturday, January 19, 2013 in Chapel Hill, NC.

— University of North Carolina guard P.J. Hairston is improving after suffering a concussion Tuesday but remains doubtful for Saturday's game, according to the school.

Hairston scored 14 points in 12 minutes in the first half against Boston College during a 82-70 win, but left the game with a little over four minutes to play in the first half after a collision under the basket with teammate Dexter Strickland.

“We’re certainly pleased that P.J. is feeling better, but it is unlikely that he will play on Saturday,” said UNC athletics trainer Chris Hirth.

Hairston was taken off the court on a stretcher after he could not stand with teammate assistance following the collision. He returned to the bench for much of he second half with a towel draped over his head only to retire to the dressing room with about six minutes remaining in the game. 

He returned to Chapel Hill with the team Tuesday and was evaluated again by UNC doctors on Wednesday afternoon.

Hairston’s status for Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech is “doubtful.” A decision on whether or not he plays against the Hokies will not be made until Saturday morning.

For the season, Hairston is third on the team in scoring at 12.4 points per game and is second in three-pointers made with 43.


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  • VT1994Hokie Feb 1, 2013

    Roy and Gott simply need to listen to the Doctor's. Shanahan obviously didn't. RG3 had another ACL surgery. His 2nd. His time on the field is limited now. He further hurt himself by playing in this one game. Players will always say that they are ready. Look at the overall big picture in regard to the health of a player. It's still a long time until the ACC tourney, and the prize of the NCAA's.

  • kornfan2448 Jan 31, 2013

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    Now this is just what I heard on ESPN, so take it for what it's worth, but they said the reason Roy gave was due to lack of hustle during games and practice. Again, that's just what I heard. Whatever the reason, he is definitely needed, but not at the price of his health. Hopefully he has a full and speedy recovery.

    GO HEELS!!

  • PanthersFan45 Jan 31, 2013

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    He's one of the leaders on the team for sure, I expect Roy to follow medical staffers on this one and only use him if he's been cleared to play.

  • StunGunn Jan 30, 2013

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    +1. Funny. I bet Strick feels badly about the collision, but it was a bad accident.

  • Constitutional-Defender Jan 30, 2013

    That is not good for Carolina's development as such a young team. But I sure hope he gets 100% healthy before he returns to the lineup.

  • 1tarheelfan Jan 30, 2013

    Will someone tell me why Roy doesnt start PJ. Mindblowing! shoots 40% from 3 pt range and over 80% from the ft line. And Tokoto could avg a double double every game with more playing time. Sometimes i think Ol Roy is afraid they may leave early if they look too good. Hope Hairston recovers quickly.

  • iron fist Jan 30, 2013

    The Heels need Strickland and Hairston but I hope Hairston doesn't play Sat. His health is more important then a win. GO HEELS

  • weakened back Jan 30, 2013

    once he recovers, please keep strickland off the court when he's out there.

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