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Raptors’ Valanciunas diagnosed with flexion extension neck injury

Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler is fouled by Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago, Illinois, April 9, 2013.

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Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas has been diagnosed with a flexion extension injury of the neck and will be re-evaluated Thursday.

The rookie spent the night in a Chicago hospital after hurting his neck in a collision with teammate Rudy Gay in the closing seconds of Tuesday night's 101-98 win over the Bulls.

Valanciunas's head hit Gay's shoulder on a scramble for a loose ball. He was tended to for several minutes on the sideline and had his neck placed in a brace before being taken away on a gurney.

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The Raptors said test results were negative, and Valanciunas was scheduled to fly home Wednesday.

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