Kirk Hinrich limited in practice

Updated: October 28, 2012, 4:00 PM ET
By Nick Friedell |

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich, who has missed time with a strained groin, did some light shooting Sunday afternoon but his status for Wednesday night's regular season opener against the Sacramento Kings remains uncertain.

"(He's) day to day," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Sunday. "He's improving."

Thibodeau did not want to guess at Hinrich's status for Wednesday, but he sounded optimistic that if Hinrich is able to practice the next couple days he would be able to play.

The veteran guard initially strained his right groin last Tuesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He sat out Friday night's preseason finale against the Indiana Pacers because of the injury, saying he was still too sore to do much running.

Hinrich, who signed as a free agent during the summer, also missed a game earlier in the preseason because of a thumb injury.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined for its launch in April 2009.