LeBron James Injured his left ankle during the team practice last week and he was forced to miss a few workouts because of it. The small forward also missed the scrimmage game the Cleveland Cavaliers played on Monday night in their arena. While the injury doesn't seem very serious and x-rays were negative, it seems that it could keep LeBron sidelined [VIDEO] for a few more games.

Cleveland Cavaliers will open their preseason on October 4 and their opponent will be the Atlanta Hawks. This game will also be played in Cleveland, and once again, the Cavaliers will be without their best player. LeBron James has been officially ruled out of this game, and it is unknown when he will be back.

Many fans excepted James to play in the preseason opener, but it appears that his injury could be worse than they thought it would be.

LeBron's injury

LeBron has dealt with ankle issues before, but it's never been serious. He's been one of the most durable players in the NBA and it seems that injuries can't slow him down. However, this time it might be different and James could be forced to be sidelined for a few games.

The 32-year-old forward injured his ankle when he stepped on a teammate's foot during practice. Head coach Tyronn Lue decided to keep James out of the scrimmage game, saying that it wouldn't be smart for him to participate in it. James will definitely need some time to heal and to make sure he avoids another ankle injury as that could make things much worse.

While LeBron's absence is slightly concerning, it probably doesn't mean that his injury is bad.

After all, it's just a preseason and those games are not important. Cleveland will open their regular season in two weeks as they will host the Boston Celtics. This game will be important and the four-time MVP will probably be ready by then.

Cavaliers' upcoming games

Cleveland Cavaliers will play five games in the preseason, starting with the game against the Hawks in Cleveland. Two days after, they will host the Indiana Pacers before traveling to Washington D.C. to face off against the Wizards. On October 10, Dwyane Wade's former team [VIDEO], the Chicago Bulls, will visit Cleveland in what will be the final preseason game at home for the Cavaliers. At the end, the reigning Eastern Conference champions will conclude their season in Orlando against the Magic.

The Cavaliers will open their regular season at home, hosting the new-look Celtics. Their October schedule shouldn't give them much trouble as they will play against some relatively easy opponents, including the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets.