Hanrahan: Howard comeback on hold

Hanrahan: Howard comeback on hold
January 20, 2011, 7:59 pm
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Thursday January 20, 2011 2:59 p.m.

By Frank Hanrahan

The road to recovery from reconstructive knee surgery has been a bumpy one for Wizards forward Josh Howard who will continue to rest his sore left knee until it is deemed ready to play, which according to Wizards coach Flip Saunders is not too soon. "He's a couple of weeks away... ten days to two weeks away," Saunders said after Thursday's practice.

Ten days ago the Wizards said Howard was out a week to ten days so he should be back by now, so what's the deal?

"Nothing different from what it's been. He's got a sore knee. He had some stuff done as far as to his knee, not an operation or anything but they worked on it and they are going to reevaluate it in ten days. Then, in ten days he could start doing some hard cutting and some of that so I think he's at least two weeks away," Saunders said.

Howard tore his left ACL last February and rehabbed vigorously to get back and started playing for the Wizards last month but soreness to that knee after 6 games played prevented him from finishing the next two.

The Wizards were hoping that Howard's presence on the court could provide leadership and a defensive mindset but Howard has only played in 8 games this season, averaging about 8 points and 3 rebounds. The last time Howard saw action was January 5 at Philadelphia and it will be some time until we see him again.