Karl-Anthony Towns cleared to play after car crash last week

February 25, 2019 12:46 PM

Timberwolves All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns - who was involved in a car accident last Thursday - is now out of the concussion protocol, and has been cleared to play.

***Click the video box above to hear from Towns after shoot-around Monday ahead of the night's game vs. the Kings***


The accident resulted in Towns missing a game for the first time in his career.

"This was something I'm not used to," he said Monday. "I'm not used to missing a game. I'm not used to not being available for my teammates."

RELATED: Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns involved in a minor car collision

He was involved in the accident on his way to the airport last Thursday. He was cleared to fly and arrived in New York, where after further examination, he was placed in the concussion protocol and ruled out for Friday's game against the Knicks.

Here is the statement on the crash from the State Patrol:

Around 1:30 p.m. on February 21st, the State Patrol responded to a minor injury crash SB I-35W at 38th street in the city of Minneapolis. A 2018 Hyundai Sante Fe driven by Kurt Joseph, 29, of Morganville, NJ was slowing for traffic when it was rear ended by a 2007 International semi-truck and trailer driven by Michael Arndt, 51, of Janesville, MN. A passenger in the Sante Fe, Karl-Anthony Towns, 23, complained of minor injury but declined medical attention on scene. All parties involved were wearing seatbelts and alcohol is not suspected to be a factor. This incident is still under investigation.

Towns had started all 303 games since being the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft - the longest streak to begin a career since 1970-71.

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