Ezeli (knee) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Casey Holdahl of TrailBlazers.com reports.
Ezeli missed the entirety of the preseason thus far and will not take part in Friday's finale versus the Warriors. However, it was a big step in the right direction Thursday, as he was able to participate in practice for the first time in awhile. He's yet to be given any sort of timetable for a return and it's widely believed he'll open the regular season on the sidelines, but we should get some additional updates regarding his availability as the regular season opener approaches on Oct. 25.
Ezeli underwent a procedure on his left knee in August and isn't considered close to returning to game action. The Blazers' offseason pickup was recently cleared to begin shooting drills, but still isn't ready to participate in 3-on-3 activity. With Ezeli on the shelf to begin the season, Ed Davis and Meyers Leonard are expected to see increased minutes at center behind starter Mason Plumlee.
Ezeli (knee) was able to do some light shooting on the court over the weekend, Jason Quick of CSN Northwest reports.
Ezeli isn't participating in practices in any capacity yet and remains without a timetable to return, so it appears safe to say that he'll likely be unavailable when the regular season begins. Knee problems have dogged Ezeli for the last three seasons, and once he's fully healthy, it could be difficult for the center to find minutes given how much time he's already missed.
Ezeli (knee) has been ruled out of Monday's preseason opener versus the Jazz, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Ezeli received a pain injection in his left knee back in August and continues to sit out of all team related drills and scrimmages. He's now been ruled out for the team's preseason opener Monday and remains without any sort of timetable for a return. With Ezeli on the sidelines, Ed Davis and Meyers Leonard could see additional minutes behind starter Mason Plumlee.
Ezeli (knee) did some individual shooting on the side of Tuesday's practice, Jason Quick of CSN Northwest reports.
Ezeli recently indicated that he no longer has a concrete timetable for a return, thus we still have no idea how long his current absence will drag on. He was able to do some solo work on the side of Tuesday's practice, but remains out of team drills as he continues to rehab his knee injury. Ezeli is expected to open the season as starting center Mason Plumlee's direct backup, but it's yet to be announced whether we'll get to see Ezeli once the preseason schedule begins.
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