Charlotte Hornets' Gordon Hayward out indefinitely with sprained left ankle

Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward will be out indefinitely after an MRI showed sprained ligaments in his left ankle, the team announced Tuesday.

X-rays on Hayward's ankle were negative, the team said.

Hayward suffered the injury in the first quarter of Monday night's 116-101 loss to the Toronto Raptors. He has struggled since returning from a six-game absence while in COVID-19 protocols, making just 4 of 23 shots from the field in three games.

Hayward, 31, is averaging 16.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists this season.