Bledsoe (knee) is set to resume playing in five-on-five pickup games during workouts Tuesday, Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic reports.
Bledsoe, whose 2015-16 season ended in late December following surgery to repair a torn left meniscus, has been in Phoenix working out for more than two weeks and looks like he'll be at full strength for the start of training camp. He's already begun playing in two-on-two games and said that his knee has checked out fine, so five-on-five work could represent the final hurdle he'll need to clear in his recovery. Prior to going down with the injury last season, Bledsoe was on track for a career-best campaign, holding down averages of 20.4 points, 6.1 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 three-pointers in 34.2 minutes per game. While health issues have dogged him throughout his six seasons in the league, Bledsoe has the upside of a top-20 fantasy asset if he's able to avoid any significant setbacks in 2016-17.
Bledsoe's 2015-16 season came to an end after he suffered a torn left meniscus on Dec. 26 that required surgery, but he began rehabbing the injury a few months afterward and has continued to make incremental progress in his recovery in the months that followed. The point guard has already gone through this rigorous process before, having previously tore his right meniscus in 2011 before ultimately having it removed in 2014. The knee problems make Bledsoe more of a health risk than most other point guards, but if he endures no further setbacks throughout the summer, he should reemerge as one of the league's more athletic players at his position entering the coming season. He was on his way to career-best numbers before getting shut down, posting averages of 20.4 points, 6.1 assists and 2.0 steals in 31 games.
Eric Bledsoe (knee) is now doing on-court activity as part of his rehabilitation process, Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Bledsoe, who underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn left meniscus in late December, seems to be progressing as anticipated to this point. He'll steadily increase his rehabilitation activities during the offseason with the hope of getting back to full strength by the time training camp commences.
Eric Bledsoe (knee) is expected to miss six weeks following surgery for a torn meniscus, Paul Coro of azcentral.com reports.
Bledsoe's return timetable is now definitive, and he is looking to return to action sometime in mid-February. Devin Booker will likely get the first opportunity to start in Bledsoe's absence. Ronnie Price, Sonny Weems, and Archie Goodwin, could all see extra time in the Phoenix Suns backcourt rotation while Bledsoe recovers.
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