Kobe Bryant Injury: Concussion Symptoms Knock Lakers' Star Into Uncertain Status

Kobe Bryant getting hit in the head during the 2012 NBA All-Star Game seemed innocuous, but Bryant has a nasal fracture and concussion symptoms. He's doubtful for Wednesday's game.

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Kobe Bryant Injury Update: Lakers All-Star Will Visit Ear, Nose And Throat Specialist

Kobe Bryant isn't the type of player that people typically worry about missing any games, but his status for Wednesday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves is currently up in the air. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar is visiting an ear, nose and throat specialist on Tuesday to further diagnose his injuries.

Bryant's status won't be determined until seeing the specialist on Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan. The visit was originally scheduled for Monday, but apparently was delayed for unknown reasons.

Bryant suffered a broken nose and mild concussion during the All-Star game, according to a team release, but no timetable was set for his return. It seems Tuesday's visit to the specialist will determine if the Black Mamba will be forced to miss any time, or if he's simply forced to wear a protective mask.

The Lakers are set to play the Wolves on Wednesday, the Detroit Pistons on Friday and then will meet up Sunday afternoon with the Miami Heat. If Bryant is forced to miss any time, it's expected he'll do his best to make it back by the Heat game, considering it was Dwyane Wade who committed the foul to break Bryant's nose.

For more on Bryant and the Lakers, visit Silver Screen and Roll.

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Kobe Bryant Injury: Lakers Star Has Nasal Fracture, Team Announces

Kobe Bryant, who was forced to leave the 2012 NBA All-Star Game after a hard foul to the face from Dwyane Wade and complained of headaches after the game, was originally feared to be concussed. That's not so: Kobe has a nasal fracture, the Los Angeles Lakers announced late Sunday.

While a CT scan revealed Bryant's nasal fracture on late Sunday, he is expected to be re-examined by an ear, nose and throat specialist in Los Angeles on Monday.

Bryant and the Lakers do not play until Wednesday, when the Minnesota Timberwolves come to Los Angeles, and it is not clear whether Bryant will miss any time with the injury, or be forced to wear a protective mask.

One thing that seems relatively certain, though? If healthy, Bryant will be highly motivated next Sunday, March 4, when his Lakers meet Wade's Miami Heat for the only time in the 2011-12 season.

For more on Bryant and the Lakers, visit Silver Screen and Roll.

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