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Al Jefferson Scares Charlotte Bobcats, But Injury Appears To Be Minor

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The 2013 NBA regular season hasn’t even begun and the Charlotte Bobcats‘ fan base is already sweating bullets. In the team’s second preseason game, Al Jefferson was helped off of the court on Friday night as the Bobcats’ key off-season acquisition didn’t return to the game. Thankfully, reports from those close to the Bobcats are positive, as most say that Jefferson just suffered a sprained ankle.

This is rather good news considering Jefferson’s injury history and the way that he hit the ground on Friday. As you may recall; Jefferson missed time in his second season with a torn meniscus and would later tear his ACL while playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2009. Naturally, many Charlotte fans were starting to regret the $41 million contract that the “Cats” threw No. 25′s way this off-season.

Not to mention, a long-term injury to Jefferson would be extremely costly considering Brandon Haywood has already been lost for the first three months of the 2013 season.

See: Brendan Haywood’s Injury Opens Up Rookie of the Year Possibility for Cody Zeller

An ankle sprain is hardly good news, but with all things considered it’s safe to say that the Bobcats dodged a bullet in regards to their top-notch center. With that being said, more tests will be done on Jefferson in the coming days, so stay tuned to see if the former McDonalds All American will be on the court when the Bobcats face the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

Devin O’Barr is the Content Commentator for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DevinOBarrRS, “Like” him on Facebook  or add him to your network on Google.