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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 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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