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UCLA basketball: Tests on Tyler Honeycutt's shoulder are negative

December 22, 2010 |  5:52 pm

UCLA received an early Christmas present Wednesday when an X-ray and MRI exam on Tyler Honeycutt's sprained right shoulder were negative, though Coach Ben Howland said the sophomore forward would still sit out the Bruins' game against UC Irvine on Thursday at Pauley Pavilion.

"Everything is good, which I am unbelievably thankful for," said Howland, who noted that freshman Tyler Lamb would start in Honeycutt's place.

Howland said he was hopeful that Honeycutt, his team's leading scorer and rebounder, would be able to play when UCLA opens is Pacific 10 Conference season Dec. 29 at Pauley Pavilion against Washington State.

After reviewing film of the Bruins' 75-59 victory over Montana State, Howland said Honeycutt was injured when he bumped shoulders with Bobcats center Cody Anderson in the second half.

"He ran into his shoulder and hit him just right," Howland said.

--Ben Bolch

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