Add veteran guard Ledell Eackles to the Washington Bullets' crowded injury list.
Eackles, being auditioned at small forward in the absence of Bernard King, who will be sidelined until December after knee surgery, complained of sore ribs after scoring a team-high 25 points in Tuesday night's 114-101 loss to the Chicago Bulls in Knoxville, Tenn. It was the winless Bullets' sixth straight preseason defeat.
Eackles was examined yesterday by team doctor Carl MacCartee, and X-rays proved negative. Team publicist Matt Williams said he was uncertain whether Eackles would participate in the team's two scheduled workouts at Bowie State today.
There was more encouraging news concerning forward Harvey Grant, who has missed the exhibition schedule with a badly sprained ankle. Grant has been granted clearance to resume practicing.
Forward Tom Hammonds, suffering from flu-like symptoms, missed the past two games and may need additional rest.
The Bullets, who open the season in Indianapolis on Nov. 1, also are without Mark Alarie (knee surgery) and rookie guard LaBradford Smith (sprained ankle). They hope Smith will join the team by mid-November.
Because of all the injuries, coach Wes Unseld has delayed making roster cuts, but could waive several players after tonight's scrimmage for season ticket-holders.