-- Forward Caron Butler missed Friday night's game with a left thigh bruise and will likely be out for Saturday night's home opener against the Orlando Magic at MCI Center.

Butler suffered the injury while closing out on a Morris Peterson jump shot during Wednesday's season opener at Toronto. As Butler came down, Peterson's knee caught him in the lower left thigh.

The muscle tightened up after the game, forcing Butler to miss practice on Thursday. Butler, who came off the bench to contribute 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the win at Toronto, was X-rayed Friday morning and was relieved that the exam showed no serious damage.

"I just need to rest it, ice it and let it heal a little bit," Butler said. "I'll be okay."

With Butler out, Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan said he planned to play reserve guard Jarvis Hayes at small forward more while also using Jared Jeffries in that position. Forward Awvee Storey, who was inactive for the season opener, was activated Friday.

"Thank goodness we had one game under our belt with everybody," Jordan said. "Sometimes that kind of thing can happen in training camp and you never get everyone healthy. It's something that happens to pretty much every team in the league. The teams that stay healthy are able to have success."

Back at It

Saturday night's home opener against the Magic will be the first of 17 back-to-back situations for the Wizards this season. Washington played 24 back-to-backs last season.

Caron Butler, acquired in the trade for Kwame Brown, will likely have to delay his regular season MCI Center debut.