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Tyler Zeller injury: Cavaliers center has concussion

Cavaliers rookie Tyler Zeller suffered a concussion on Monday and the team has yet to announce a timetable for return.


Cleveland Cavaliers rookie center Tyler Zeller suffered a concussion and non-displaced fracture of his left orbital bone on Monday, according to Cavs Insider. Zeller received an elbow from Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan that caused him to miss the final 5:39 in Cleveland's 108-101 victory.

The Cavaliers officially declared Zeller out for Tuesday night's game against the Golden State Warriors, and the team has yet to announce a timetable for his return. The rookie will need to pass multiple concussion tests before his eventual return.

Zeller had been playing well against the Clippers before receiving the errant elbow, scoring 15 points and collecting six rebounds. The rookie had been averaging 18.5 minutes per game, serving as the primary backup for Anderson Varejao. Zeller averaged 7.5 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game. The center had scored efficiently off the bench, shooting 50 percent from the field. Samardo Samuels is expected to receive more playing time while Zeller sits out.

This story originally appeared at SB Nation.

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