Out on the court, the risk of getting injured is always looming and something players actively try to prevent from occurring. It’s always disheartening when it happens, but even moreso when it happens off the court.

But that’s exactly what happened to Suns guard Goran Dragic early Sunday morning. On his way to the bathroom in his apartment, Dragic stepped on a piece of glass that caused him to bleed so profusely that he needed to receive nine stitches near his left big toe.

The third-year guard was hobbling around the arena on crutches yesterday and will miss at least three games with the injury. The medical staff will re-evaluate the injury in about a week.

“As soon as I stepped on it I couldn’t believe it,” Dragic said. “There was blood everywhere. If it was just thicker glass, It wouldn’t have cut me so much.”

Currently, Dragic is averaging 7.7 points and a career-high 3.1 assists in a career-best 18.4 minutes. Taking his place in the rotation will be Zabian Dowdell, who was just recently signed to his second and final 10-day contract with the Suns.

Dowdell, who played with the Suns in the past two NBA Las Vegas Summer Leagues, responded well against the Hornets on Sunday by tallying four points and four assists in just 13 minutes. The former Virginia Tech standout not only ran the team well, but he played tough defense on All-Star Chris Paul.

“I thought he did great,” Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry said of Dowdell’s play after Sunday’s game. “He’s going to go out and play. He’s not going to be afraid; he’ll play just like he would play in any other situation.”

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