Thompson (Achilles) is expected to be cleared to return to full-contract practices within a month, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

The general expectation all along has been that Thompson would return to game action sometime around Christmas Day, but if he's cleared for full contact by mid-November, that could set him on course for a slightly earlier return. Of course, Thompson has missed the last two full seasons with a pair of serious leg injuries, so the Warriors won't rush him back until he's 100 percent ready. Either way, this update has to be viewed through an encouraging lens for fantasy managers who've drafted Thompson to temporarily stash in an IR slot.

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