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Ernie Grunfeld Confirms Josh Howard Won't Be Back By Beginning Of Season

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- During his pre-training camp media session, Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld confirmed an earlier report that Josh Howard would not return from knee surgery by the start of the regular season.

"I think when we first signed him, we said he would not be available for the beginning of the season, and hopefully we can have him back sometime, maybe in November, maybe in December, around that timeframe," Grunfeld said. "But there's no exact date that you can put on it.  That's also going to be a process to see how he comes along as the activity level gets increased."

Howard suffered a torn ACL injury last Feb. 22 in a game against the Chicago Bulls. The Wizards re-signed him to a one-year, $3 million contract over the summer regardless, fully expecting his recovery might take some time.

Grunfeld said Howard is currently running on a treadmill, but has not be cleared for other physical activities. 

"Josh right now is not cleared for competitive basketball.  He's still rehabbing," Grunfeld said. "But he is running on the AlterG and he's making very good progress.  We just have to monitor the situation and see how quickly he develops."