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Al Horford remains out while in concussion protocol, Jayson Tatum MRI comes back negative

Al Horford will miss his second straight game with a concussion, and Jayson Tatum is listed as questionable against Charlotte.

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The Boston Celtics gave some injury updates on Thursday as they announced center Al Horford will miss Friday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets due to the NBA’s concussion protocol.

This will be Horford’s second straight game sitting out after getting elbowed in the head by Hawks forward Kent Bazemore on Monday.

Danny Ainge went on Toucher and Rich of 98.5 The Sports Hub on Thursday and said that Horford’s concussion doesn’t appear to be as serious as the one he sustained last season that caused him to miss nine games, but that the Celtics will remain cautious in bringing him back to early.

In other injury news, the Celtics also announced that Jayson Tatum’s MRI on his right ankle came back negative, and that the rookie forward is listed as questionable for the Celtics’ game against the Hornets. Tatum exited Boston’s game against the Lakers Wednesday, and got X-rays on the ankle which showed no fractures or breaks.

The Celtics have won 10 straight games since starting the season 0-2 following Gordon Hayward’s season ending ankle injury. Brad Stevens’ squad continues to be bit by the injury bug, but they keep pushing forward and winning games. If Tatum misses Friday’s game against Charlotte, players like Semi Ojeleye and Daniel Theis will need to step up in his absence.

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