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Cavs lose Varejao, Zeller to separate injuries

Associated Press Modified: November 7, 2012 at 9:47 pm •  Published: November 7, 2012

The first-round pick from North Carolina has been placed in the NBA's concussion protocol process. He will have to be cleared by a league doctor before he can resume practicing or playing.

The Cavs said there is "no specific timeline" for Zeller's return and that he will continue to be monitored and evaluated. Zeller traveled back to Ohio for further evaluation at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health before the game at Golden State.

Before he got hurt, the 7-foot Zeller was having his best game as a pro. He scored a season-high 15 points with seven rebounds and two assists as the Cavs improved to 1-1 on their six-game trip. The Cavs play at Phoenix on Friday.

"Two of our best big men, Tyler and Andy go down, so that makes it obviously very tough. But what can you do?" Scott said. "The next guy has to step up and be ready to play. We always talk about opportunities. So here it is."


AP Sports Writer Antonio Gonzalez in Oakland, Calif., contributed to this report.