How injured is North Carolina’s John Henson?

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In case you missed it, North Carolina forward John Henson was injured in the Tar Heels’ 85-69 win over Maryland today in the ACC Tournament. The Heels are calling the injury a sprained wrist. He is being listed as a “game-time decision” for North Carolina’s semifinal game with North Carolina State on Saturday.

An excerpt from Andrew Carter’s story in Charlotte Observer:

The collision came after Henson had secured a rebound, and he was attempting a follow shot when Pankey’s contact sent Henson tumbling. He lost his balance – and his footing – and used his left hand to break his fall. A media timeout provided Henson a brief reprieve, but he motioned to be taken out of the game after attempting a free throw.

When he left the game, he walked past the Tar Heels’ bench and straight towards their locker room. Henson later returned and played for 40 seconds before leaving the game again – this time permanently. An x-ray on his left wrist, conducted at halftime, came back negative.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean that Henson will play on Saturday when the Tar Heels face N.C. State in the ACC tournament semifinals at 1 p.m. at Philips Arena. Henson left the arena on Friday wearing a brace on his left wrist, and whether he plays Saturday won’t be decided until the hours or minutes before the game.

“I don’t know,” Henson said when asked whether he’d play against N.C. State. “We’ll see and, you know, we’ll know tomorrow morning probably before the game.”

From Robbi Pickeral of

Henson immediately started shaking his wrist and asked to come out of the game after he missed his second free throw.

After going to the locker room to have his wrist examined and retaped, he re-entered the game with 8:06 left in the first half. He lasted only 40 seconds, grimacing in pain when he tried to catch a hard pass from point guard Kendall Marshall. X-rays at halftime were negative.

Most of the so-called bracketologists see North Carolina as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but if the Heels lose in the ACC tourney that could change.

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