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DeMarre Carroll and Derrick Favors avoided serious injury during the Jazz’s 112-91 win at Portland on Wednesday night.

Carroll’s forehead slammed into Favors’ face as the two pursued a rebound.

Before Friday morning’s practice, Carroll said, "I’m good. As you’ll see when you see Derrick Favors, my head is way harder than his."

When he emerged from the locker room, Favors’ eye was swollen.

"Just a basketball play," he shrugged.

For Carroll, the incident was doubly dangerous, considering he suffered a mild concussion only four nights earlier against Memphis.

"I was seeing stars," he said. "I was like, ‘Man, I got another concussion.’ But it worked out."

Carroll and Favors will both play against Orlando.

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Meanwhile, Josh Howard (knee) and Raja Bell (knee) participated in practice on a limited basis. The timeline for their return, however, remains uncertain.


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