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Hamstring injuries might keep Jackson sidelined
Simmons, Armstrong ready to fill reserve center role

By Darnell Mayberry Published: October 27, 2006
Hornets guard Bobby Jackson tried to warn Marc Jackson.

You don't meddle with a hamstring injury, Bobby Jackson would tell the team's 6-foot-10 center. But Marc Jackson refused to rest, seemingly always choosing to ride a stationary bike or participate in shooting drills.

"He doesn't know how to just sit down," Bobby Jackson said.

Now, that option might have been taken away from the Hornets' reserve center.

On Thursday, Marc Jackson injured his left hamstring during the team's morning portion of individual workouts. Jackson, who already was hampered by a strained right hamstring, which forced him to miss all seven of the team's preseason games, did not practice at all during Thursday's regular session.

Hornets coach Byron Scott said Jackson received an MRI on his legs Thursday, and the results should be known today, providing answers to whether or not he'll be available for the start of the season.

"The one thing we tried to do with M.J. is make sure he got to Nov. 1 (healthy)," Scott said. "We wanted that more than anything. It's unfortunate, and hopefully it's something that's not going to last very long. We've just got to wait until we hear what's going on."

Jackson, a six-year veteran, is scheduled to be the backup center behind starter Tyson Chandler. But if Jackson is forced to miss an extended amount of time, the Hornets must rely on either Cedric Simmons or Hilton Armstrong, who are both rookies. Scott said Thursday that he was just starting to get a "pretty good idea" of his rotation before Jackson re-injured himself.

"I wouldn't say it's back to the drawing board, but it's basically between Hilton and Cedric who gets some time at that position," Scott said. "That's something I'm just going to let play out during these next five days.

"Hilton has had his ups and downs, Cedric has been steady.

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The results of an MRI Marc Jackson received on his injured legs Thursday should be known today, giving the Hornets answers as to whether or not he’ll be available for the start of the season. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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