Al Horford Injury: Hawks Center Leaves Game With Shoulder Injury

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 06: Al Horford #15 of the Atlanta Hawks reacts to making a shot against the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on January 6, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford left tonight's game in the first quarter with a shoulder injury and the Hawks have announced that he will not return to the game. The official diagnosis is a shoulder strain for Horford and he will be reevaluated once the team arrives back in Atlanta tomorrow.

Zaza Pachulia replaced Horford in the Atlanta lineup and Jason Collins is now the likely backup. Atlanta has already been bitten by the injury bug at the small forward position with both Marvin Williams and Tracy McGrady both out of this game with injuries. Williams is back in Atlanta after suffering an ankle injury on Saturday. McGrady was a late scratch to tonight's game with back spasms.

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