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Dwight Howard Injures Ankle, No Timetable on Return

By Tamberlyn Richardson

Dwight Howard injures ankle:

Dwight Howard hasn’t had much luck this season when it comes to his health. Coming into the season it was felt Houston would finally get a fully healthy Dwight given he felt completely recovered from his back surgery of April, 2012. While Howard had returned to play basketball after he recovered from back surgery his range of motion, strength and mobility were not at a 100%. Often it takes time for the back to fully recover, so Howard entered this season with optimism.

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Early in the season he missed eleven games due to a knee injury. Upon his return he suffered some nagging injuries to his shoulder, knees and ankles and played through them.

Entering the game Friday night versus the Phoenix Suns, Howard was nursing another sore knee, but chose to play through the pain. A decision he might have regretted in hindsight as he was forced from the court early. In the first quarter he went up for a rebound and twisted his right ankle when he returned to the floor and stepped on a Suns’ player. He limped off the floor to the lockers and did not return to the game.

Following the thrilling last second win by James Harden, Howard was spotted wearing a walking boot in the locker room.

Dwight Howard in a walking boot. McHale was unsure about whether Howard will be out.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) January 24, 2015

As per Jonathan Feigen: He was in good spirits and said although he couldn’t really put pressure on the ankle immediately after the injury it felt a bit better.

Actually, right after I typed that, Howard is out of the boot and singing.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) January 24, 2015

Dwight Howard said he’s already feeling better. Obviously too soon to know about Sunday.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) January 24, 2015

Howard on his ankle: “It feels a little better. We’ll see how it feels tmrw. My foot just twisted. I couldn’t put any pressure on it.”

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) January 24, 2015

These type of injuries aren’t usually predictable in terms of how long he may or may not be out given the ankle could swell over night or during the flight. Coach Kevin McHale said they would reevaluate the injury on Saturday and that there was currently no timetable scheduled for his return.