Kidd-Gilchrist, 21, has been ruled out for Charlotte's road trip matchups against the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors. The team will set a timetable for his return after re-evaluating him when he returns to Charlotte.
The No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft, Kidd-Gilchrist has averaged 9.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in six games this season. He missed two games earlier this month with a rib injury.
Gerald Henderson started at small forward during the two games Kidd-Gilchrist missed. Henderson, 26, started every game last season, but was moved to the bench when the Hornets signed Lance Stephenson during the offseason. After averaging at least 14.0 points each of the past three seasons, Henderson is averaging just 4.0 points in 16 minutes per game this season.
The Hornets have started the season 3-5 and are in fourth place in the Southeast Division. They play at the Suns on Friday at 9 p.m. ET.
- Paul Palladino