Harris was given a three-to-four week recovery timetable when he was diagnosed with a partially-torn right groin muscle back on Oct. 5, so a potential return Wednesday would come on the early side of that projection. Given that Harris has only been able to take part in limited activities since suffering the injury, the
Harris (groin) was able to resume shooting on the court Thursday, Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post reports. "That was the most I've done in a while," Harris said. "Really haven't tried anything [until today]. Just tried to be cautious with [the groin injury], make sure everything is cool. Don't want to reaggravate it and make sure I'm feeling nothing when I'm doing things."
After he was diagnosed with a partially torn right groin muscle on Oct. 5, the Nuggets outlined a three-to-four week recovery timetable for Harris, which would put his projected return date right around the Nuggets' Oct. 26 opener against the Pelicans. It sounds like he's mostly progressing as the Nuggets have expected, but Harris himself isn't setting the season opener as a target return date and is focusing on easing his way back to full health. Will Barton has been serving as the Nuggets' starting shooting guard in the preseason while Harris has been sidelined, and rookie Jamal Murray has also be a factor at the position as the team's first guard off the bench.
A report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports indicated that Harris would be sidelined for four-to-six weeks after he was diagnosed with a partially torn right groin muscle, but Malone indicated that the shooting guard's recovery timeline isn't quite as dire. Even if Harris ends up meeting the short end of that timetable, however, it's unlikely that he'll be ready to go for the Nuggets' first game of the regular season, set for Oct. 26 against the Pelicans. If that's the case, Jamal Murray and Will Barton would likely occupy larger roles in the backcourt in the early going, though Harris should quickly reclaim his starting role upon returning.
Harris recently underwent an MRI on his right groin, which indicated he was dealing with a strain. Despite the prevailing belief that it likely wasn't a serious issue, Harris now looks at risk of missing the start of the season while he recovers from the injury, which he dealt with at the tail end of the 2015-16 campaign. While a lengthy absence appears to be off the table for Harris, the Nuggets may have to lean on Will Barton and Jamal Murray to assume most of the minutes at shooting guard early on in the season.
Harris had an MRI performed on his groin, which confirmed he's dealing with just a strain, Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post reports.
Harris was forced from Monday's preseason game with the groin issue, but an MRI has now confirmed it's only a minor strain. He's currently listed as day-to-day, but considering it's only the preseason, it wouldn't be surprising if the Nuggets opted to hold him out for some time. We should see his status updated again later this week, but if he's held out for any game action, Will Barton, Jamal Murray and Malik Beasley could see elevated roles.
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