Injury-plagued Charlotte Hornets wing Gordon Hayward is set for another extended stint on the sidelines after it was revealed on Friday he has a fracture in his left shoulder.
Hayward, 32, has only played more than 52 games in one of the past five seasons since his shocking broken leg in his first game as a member of the Boston Celtics back in 2017.
Averaging 16.3 points, 4.4 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game in his 11 games this season, Hayward allegedly suffered the injury in Sunday's loss to the Washington Wizards.
However, according to his wife Robyn Hayward, Gordon went on to play 29 minutes in Wednesday's win against the Philadelphia 76ers, scoring just seven points with four turnovers as he battled pain throughout.
In a comment on Instagram, she said: "He actually has a fractured scapula... that they had him play with last game.
"That's why he couldn't move his arm up in the last game... everyone who knows Gordon knows he has one goal and that's to win and play the right way, he's the most truthful player/person you'd find.
"If he's not gonna play it's for something more than a bruise... I'm gonna stop there and not get into prior things."
She added in a second Instagram story: "I'm over [the Hornets] not protecting players. Just was talking with a young player's mom and she was saying the same thing."
Shams Charania from The Athletic added Hayward will be undergoing further evaluations before a timeframe for his return will be established.