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Zion Williamson available Sunday vs. Clippers with hip, back injuries

The Pelicans star is back on the court.

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Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts during the second half of a game against the Utah Jazz at the Smoothie King Center on October 23, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Sunday update: Williamson is back in the lineup Sunday against the Clippers after missing a few games with a hip and back issue.


Friday update: Williamson has officially been ruled out for Friday’s game against the Suns.


Thursday update: Williamson is listed as questionable for Friday’s game against the Suns with hip and back injuries.


Tuesday update: Williamson has been ruled out for Tuesday’s game with a hip injury. The Pelicans are without him, Brandon Ingram and Herb Jones for the contest against the Mavericks.


Monday update: Williamson is listed as questionable for Tuesday’s contest against the Mavericks with a hip contusion.


The New Orleans Pelicans say power forward Zion Williamson suffered a hip contusion in Sunday’s game against the Utah Jazz. Williamson missed the end of the game and there’s no further update on his status going forward at the moment.

This is not a totally unexpected development for the Pelicans, who didn’t have Williamson in the lineup for all of last season as he recovered from a foot injury. The problem for New Orleans is the additional injuries, with Brandon Ingram also exiting Sunday’s game with concussion-like symptoms. Jaxson Hayes is also hurt, which now makes Williamson’s injury problematic in the short-term rotation.

If Williamson is sidelined for a while, Larry Nance Jr. is likely to get the majority of his minutes. The Pelicans would likely see their futures drop a bit, although it is still the beginning of the season so there’s plenty of time for Williamson to recover from what seems like a less severe injury at the moment.