Gordon Hayward injury update: Celtics forward leaves game vs. Hawks with neck strain

Gordon Hayward can’t seem to catch a break. 

The Celtics forward left Saturday’s game against the Hawks during the first quarter with a neck sprain just a minute after he checked in, the team announced

Hayward was injured after running into a screen set by Hawks forward John Collins with the score tied, 27-27. Hayward made contact with Collins’ shoulder and was visibly shaken up. He went to the locker room for further evaluation and did not return to the court.

It’s not clear the severity of Hayward’s injury, but the 28-year-old forward’s career has been riddled with injuries. He fractured his ankle in the Celtics’ first game in 2017-18, which forced him to miss the rest of the year. He has stayed healthy this season, appearing in 64 of Boston’s 70 games, though he missed some time with ankle issues.

Hayward, 28, has averaged 11 points with 4.3 rebounds this season while shooting 44.8 percent from the field.