Jason Smith

Just one day after returning to contact work after missing time with a sore back, New Orleans Hornets forward Jason Smith sustained a left shoulder injury Tuesday during a five-on-five scrimmage drill that required a doctor’s visit for additional evaluation and diagnosis.

Smith fell on his back during the Hornets’ first exhibition game in Mexico City on Oct. 7 and has not played in the last three exhibition games, and sat out all practice contact work until Monday.

Hornets Coach Monty Williams said Tuesday he was unsure about Smith’s availability for Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Hawks.

– Reported by Jimmy Smith of theĀ New Orleans Times-Picayune