Olynyk (shoulder) has begun participating in contact drills, but remains without a concrete timetable for his return
Olynyk is not on pace to be available for the Celtics' season opener, but the team will begin to work him into limited contact action throughout practice moving forward. Starter Al Horford and Jonas Jerebko figure to see a bulk of the minutes at power forward with Olynyk sidelined for what could be the first few weeks of the season.
Olynyk (shoulder) is not expected to be available for the regular season opener, A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast Sportsnet New England reports. "Optimistically, we're looking for the middle of November for his return," Celtics GM Danny Ainge said.
Olynyk has yet to visit the specialist that he was slated to see late last week, but from Ainge's comments, it's almost guaranteed Olynyk will not be ready for the start of the regular season. Of course, once he does visit with the specialist, we should get a clearer picture of his future availability, but for now, it's safe to assume Olynyk will miss at least the first few weeks of the season. With that said, look for Jonas Jerebko and Tyler Zeller to take on additional responsibilities off the bench behind starters Al Horford and Amir Johnson.
Olynyk was scheduled to visit a doctor last week, but that plan was tabled following the test results. If Olynyk starts to show improvement in the next couple of days, he could be sent in for a check-up, which would determine whether or not he'd be able to resume practicing in full. However, with Olynyk missing all of training camp and still awaiting clearance, it seems unlikely that he'll be available for the Celtics' regular-season opener Oct. 26 against the Hawks.
Olynyk (shoulder) will not play Monday against the Nets.
Olynyk is yet to receive clearance to fully participate in training camp, but he's expected to meet with a team doctor at some point this week. If he's cleared, he could potentially take the court for Wednesday's season finale against the Knicks, though that seems relatively unlikely considering he's yet to work at full speed. With the regular season just over a week away, it could be a few games until Olynyk is back at 100 percent, at which point he's expected to challenge Amir Johnson for a starting spot next to offseason addition Al Horford.
Olynyk has been a limited participant throughout training camp, only seeing action in non-contact drills. He has yet to be cleared for any preseason games and it appears that his absence will extend through next week. After Olynyk meets with his doctor, a better indication on a potential return date should become available.
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