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UNLV’s Dejean-Jones has strained hamstring; timetable for return uncertain

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UNLV guard Bryce Dejean-Jones takes the ball up court against Dixie State during the Rebels exhibition game Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center.

UNLV learned today that Bryce Dejean-Jones suffered a strained hamstring in Friday’s exhibition loss to Dixie State. Rebels coach Dave Rice wouldn’t put a timetable on Dejean-Jones’ return but acknowledged that the junior guard is unlikely to play in Tuesday’s exhibition game or Friday’s regular-season opener against Portland State.

Dejean-Jones left mid-play nine minutes into last Friday’s loss. He was gripping his right hamstring into the locker room and then watched the second half from the bench. After Dejean-Jones’ exit, UNLV lost its lead and then couldn’t come back in the second half.

On Friday, Rice acknowledged it was a “fairly significant” injury, but it appeared as if it could have been worse.

The Rebels are dealing with a plethora of injuries before the season begins. Junior Khem Birch sprained an ankle against Dixie State and freshman guard Kendall Smith missed the game because he sprained an ankle at shoot-around earlier in the day. None of the injured players practiced on Saturday.

As long as the NCAA hands down the decision most are expecting later today, senior Kevin Olekaibe could help fill minutes at shooting guard until Dejean-Jones’ return. Olekaibe and UNLV are waiting to hear about the NCAA’s decision on his transfer waiver.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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