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Nuggets’ Bowen Out With Cut Forehead

December 21, 2003

DENVER (AP) _ Denver Nuggets forward Ryan Bowen needed nine stitches and didn’t play in the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s game against Seattle after an inadvertent elbow opened a huge gash on his forehead.

Bowen was injured with about a minute left while scrambling for a rebound with Seattle’s Reggie Evans. He was hit on the head by Evans’ elbow and blood immediately started pouring down the side of his face.

Bowen started to get up, but the training staff had him sit back down to stem the bleeding. He was helped to the locker room after about a minute with a towel against his face.

``It was weird. I thought I had sweat in my eyes, and I when looked blood was just everywhere,″ Bowen said. ``It was a little scary and I got a little lightheaded when I tried to stand up.″

Bowen returned to the bench with a large bandage on his head midway through the fourth quarter.

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