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Kings' Evans out one week with bruised jaw

By Jimmy Spencer, for
Posted Mar 20 2010 4:18PM

SACRAMENTO ( exclusive) -- X-rays on Saturday revealed that Tyreke Evans suffered only a bruised jaw line and will miss at least one week of action, according sources close to Evans and in the Kings' organization.

The fear was that the rookie may have missed the remainder of the season had the X-ray revealed any type of break. Evans also suffered a concussion, a lacerated, bruised lip and two cracked teeth.

He will not travel with the team this afternoon to Los Angeles for tomorrow's game against Clippers.

Evans suffered the injury late in Friday night's game versus the Milwaukee Bucks when Ersan Ilyasova's elbow inadvertently hit Evans in the mouth while clearing space after a rebound.

Evans hit the ground where he remained for a moment before leaving for the locker room with a bloody mouth. Evans will not travel with the team to Los Angeles for Sunday's afternoon matchup against the Clippers.

Evans, a frontrunner for the league's Rookie Of The Year Award, is averaging 20.3 points, 5.6 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game in his rookie season.

The 20-year-old has missed five games this season with injury, four with a bad right ankle and one with a minor hip injury.

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