Nov 24, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (right) high fives guard Kirk Hinrich (12) following a basket during the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Bulls defeated the Bucks 93-86. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Injury updates on Kirk Hinrich and Joakim Noah


There are just five days until the Chicago Bulls open their regular season. According to the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson, both Kirk Hinrich and Joakim Noah may miss the opener.

However, Hinrich has been cleared to play after suffering a concussion last Friday, Oct. 18 in a preseason game against the Indiana Pacers. That isn’t the end of the injuries for the point guard, though.

Despite the sore shoulder, this isn’t to say playing in Friday night’s preseason finale is out of the question.

“I’m hoping so,” Hinrich said. “I would love to get another game under my belt. It’s getting close to go time. I want to be as ready as I can.”

Noah, on the other hand, still isn’t making much progress. Johnson also mentioned that in Thursday’s practice neither Hinrich or Noah faced contact. With that being said, it’s looking more likely that Noah will not be available for the season opener in Miami.

As important Chicago’s starting center is, sitting out would more has both its benefits as well as its disadvantages. Holding Noah out more games would prevent any further injuries to his groin. Conditioning, though, is what concerns many people. With Noah remaining inactive, it will take even longer for him to get back into game shape.

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