ATLANTA Charlotte Bobcats captain Gerald Henderson is cleared to run and jump on his sprained left foot. But the injury is still causing him pain and it’s an open question just how many more games he’ll miss.
Henderson has been out 12 games since injuring his foot in a loss at Dallas Nov. 3.
“It’s almost there,” Henderson said at the Wednesday-morning shootaround before the Bobcats played the Atlanta Hawks. “I haven’t done a lot of contact yet; that’s what I’m waiting on now. There’s still a level of soreness in there.”
Henderson said the next step is testing how his foot reacts to sudden stops and starts and direction changes, the kind of movement he’d need to play effective defense: “The big thing now is doing reaction stuff where I can gauge my foot and what it’s doing if something unexpected happens. To do those kinds of things without pain.”
Henderson couldn’t pinpoint how many more games he’ll miss, but he sounded optimistic.
“I don’t know. Some days I’ll go really hard and the next day it will be really sore. There are setbacks,” Henderson said. “But those are growing pains. I’m close – the next few games.”