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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 6:17 pm | Updated: 6:27 pm, Wed Jul 10, 2013.

Virginia coach Tony Bennett may want to look into buying some bubble wrap.

On Wednesday, Bennett confirmed a Daily Progress report that senior forward Akil Mitchell has broken a bone in his right hand.

Mitchell joins fellow senior Joe Harris on the Wahoo injury list. Last month, Harris sustained a stress fracture in his foot.

Bennett said Mitchell got injured while participating in the recent LeBron James camp in Las Vegas.

“From what I understand, it will be four to six weeks as long as everything goes well,” said Bennett, who couldn’t say for sure which bone Mitchell had broken.

Mitchell, a 6-foot-8 forward, came into his own this past season en route to being named to the All-ACC third team.

Harris, who played with a broken hand as a sophomore, was an All-ACC first-teamer last year. His foot injury has prevented him from competing in the upcoming World University Games in Russia.

Crazy as it sounds, Bennett sees a positive to his leading scorer (Harris) and leading rebounder (Mitchell) temporarily being on the shelf.

“These guys are going into their last year and sometimes it forces them...to have to take a little time off — not a crazy amount — to really refresh their bodies,” he said.

“I think it will refresh them, and then as long as there are no complications — which we don’t expect with them — they’ll be ready to go in plenty of time once we get back into school and all that stuff.”

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