SALT LAKE CITY, FEB. 15 -- Utah basketball player Paul Afeaki was under police protection today while detectives searched for a man who shot him in the left shoulder after a traffic confrontation, Coach Rick Majerus said.

Afeaki, 22, was treated at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center late Thursday for what spokesman John Dwan described as a superficial wound to the left shoulder that did not require surgery.

He was released early today.

Dwan said doctors estimated that the 6-foot-10 reserve center wouldn't be able to play for about a month, but Majerus said he would be out for the rest of the season.

Afeaki and his wife, Nicole, ate at a restaurant following a victory over Wyoming and were driving home about 10:50 p.m. Majerus said Afeaki told him he may have inadvertently cut off another car, which then started tailgating him.

Afeaki stopped and walked toward the other car when the driver rolled down the window and fired at him with a .45-caliber pistol, Majerus said.

The motorist and a passenger fled and Afeaki went to his nearby residence and called police.

Afeaki, a junior from Tonga, played 12 minutes in the 14th-ranked Utes' 77-72 victory over Wyoming. He had six points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal.