Noel (thumb) is expected to ramp up his activity in two weeks and is targeting a return in early February, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports. Noel recently had the cast removed from his left thumb, but he's still got a ways to go before making a return to the floor. He's still two weeks from upping his participation and it's unclear when exactly he'll be cleared for full contact practices. Either way, the Mavericks are expecting to be without him for at least another month, so fantasy owners can continue to avoid the situation. Noel fell out of the rotation prior to suffering the injury, so he could be buried on the depth chart even when he's cleared.
Noel (thumb) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Warriors, Earl K. Sneed of the Mavericks' official site reports. Noel had his the cast on his left thumb removed shortly before the holidays, but the Mavericks haven't offered a timetable for his return and likely won't have one until he resumes practicing in some capacity. The 23-year-old fell out of the rotation before undergoing surgery and will likely be no better than third on the depth chart at center once he's cleared to play again.
Noel was scheduled to see a hand specialist Wednesday in order to have his cast removed, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reports. Noel underwent thumb surgery on Dec. 8 and appears to be progressing well in his recovery. The Mavericks have yet to provide any sort of timetable for his eventual return, but it's expected that Noel will remain sidelined for at least a few more weeks. Once the Mavericks announce that Noel is cleared for practices, that should be a good indicator that he's nearing a return. Either way, Noel had fallen out of the rotation prior to the injury and likely won't have a huge role right away once cleared.
Noel underwent surgery Friday to repair the torn ligament in his left thumb, but remains without a timetable for a return, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports. According to the report, Noel is expected to make a full recovery and return at some point this season, though the team has yet to provide any concrete timetable. It was previously reported that Noel would miss "several weeks", so he should be sidelined for the foreseeable future. More updates should be provided as he progresses through the recovery process, though even when at full strength, Noel had been seeing just a handful of minutes and wasn't a viable fantasy target.
Noel will be undergoing surgery to repair torn ligaments in his thumb and coach Rick Carlisle anticipates the center being sidelined for "several weeks", Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks official website reports. Noel has missed five games in a row while nursing a thumb injury, which is apparently serious enough to require surgery. He was struggling to find playing time even when healthy, averaging just 12.5 minutes per game, so the Mavericks rotation won't change too much. That said, Dwight Powell and Salah Mejri will seemingly be the two main beneficiaries of Noel's absence. An updated timeline for a return will likely be provided either immediately after the surgery, or after he makes some progress in his recovery.
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