Dwight Howard went through a full practice on Monday afternoon for the first time since joining the team over the summer.
Howard has been limited or held out of practices and games since the start of training camp due to back issues he suffered while traveling overseas during the summer. Last week, after suffering a setback, he visited a specialist who diagnosed the issue as a sore piriformis.
Getting to the root of the issue appears to have done wonders for Howard. Chris Miller of NBC Washington reported he not only went through the full practice, but played with the starting unit.
Going through a full practice is usually a prerequisite for getting clearance to play in games after a long absence, and the fact that he played with the starters would seem to indicate the Wizards think they can get him on the floor sooner than later.
Scott Brooks on the prospects of Dwight Howard playing in the regular season opener on Thursday: pic.twitter.com/7EFuD0x9aq— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) October 15, 2018