Washington Bullets center Pervis Ellison survived a car accident near his Maryland home Monday evening without any discernible injuries and could play against the New Jersey Nets at the Meadowlands on Friday night.
Ellison, suffering from a headache and wearing a soft neck brace as the only reminders of his mishap en route to the Capital Centre for the game with the San Antonio Spurs, underwent therapy yesterday at the Bullets' Bowie State practice facility. He will be examined by team physician Richard Grossman today for any complications.
"I spoke to Pervis today [yesterday], and he says he is fine," said coach Wes Unseld. "But we'll still have to see whether he's ready to play Friday."
Ellison, driving a Ford Bronco, ran off a two-lane road into a ditch, trying to avoid a collision with a car that had swerved in front of him. He reportedly hit his head against the steering wheel but did not lose consciousness.
Passers-by assisted him and called for an ambulance that took Ellison to Southeast Washington Hospital. X-rays and a CAT scan revealed no internal injuries, and he left the hospital late Monday night. "The hardest thing for Pervis was having to lay on a stiff board for four hours while they were doing all these tests," said assistant coach Chuck Douglas, who met Ellison at the hospital.