Dwight Howard Injury: Updates on Lakers Star's Shoulder

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IJanuary 5, 2013

The Lakers just can't seem to catch a break this year. The latest bad news for the Lake Show comes in the form of an injury to their prized offseason acquisition, Dwight Howard


UPDATE: Sunday, Jan. 13 at 9 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

The Lakers frontcourt has been depleted recently, but it will get a massive boost for the team's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Lakers.com's Mike Trudell reported the following on Dwight Howard's progress after he suffered a shoulder injury:

Lakers finally get some good injury news: Dwight Howard (shoulder) will start tonight vs CLE.

— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) January 14, 2013

Howard's return was badly needed in Los Angeles, and the Lakers need to start winning or they will risk missing out on the postseason.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7:20 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Lakers fans can exhale, as Dwight Howard's shoulder injury does not appear to be as serious as was originally thought. 

The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding reported the following via Twitter:

Dwight said his labrum is not really torn. Only bone separated from labrum. Him sitting is only precaution. Hopeful he'll be fine in a week.

— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) January 9, 2013

With a rash of injuries plaguing the L.A. frontcourt and time running out for the team to move into a playoff position, the Lakers desperately needs this time frame to be correct.

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UPDATE: Monday, Jan 7. at 3:31 p.m. ET

Rough news for Lakers fans and fantasy owners as Dwight Howard has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his shoulder and will miss at least one week of action, the team announced this afternoon.

INJURY UPDATE: @dwighthoward has a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He'll travel with the team but is out at least a week.

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 7, 2013

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UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 7 at 12:40 a.m. ET by Austin Green

Dwight Howard aggravated his shoulder injury Sunday night against the Denver Nuggets, according to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com.

Dwight Howard aggravated his shoulder injury tonight. He’s going to have an MRI in the morning. Stay tuned.

— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) January 7, 2013

Howard had 14 points, 26 rebounds and four blocks in a 112-105 loss. The Lakers next game is Tuesday night in Houston.

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UPDATE: Sunday, January 6 at 2:34 p.m. ET

Excellent news for Lakers fans as Dwight Howard (shoulder) will play in tonight's game, the team announced on Twitter this afternoon.

RT @lakersreporter: Lakers PR confirms that Dwight Howard (shoulder strain) & Jordan Hill (ankle sprain) will play tonight vs. Denver.

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 6, 2013

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Mike Bresnahan, the Lakers' beat writer for the Los Angeles Times, tweeted out the news:

Dwight Howard says he might not play tomorrow vs. DEN because of sprained right shoulder sustained vs. Clippers. #Lakers

— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) January 5, 2013

The Lakers fell to the Clippers on Friday night, 107-102. They made a furious comeback late in the game, but came up just short because of a dumb foul by Howard that stalled momentum and sent Howard to the bench with six fouls. 

Howard appeared to sustain the injury in the third quarter, as he winced in pain and called a timeout. However, he looked good after the incident and finished with 21 points and 15 rebounds.

Given that he played through the injury in that game, he does not appear to be a candidate to miss significant time. 

That, of course, would be good news for the Lakers. Los Angeles currently sits at a disappointing 15-17 and has lost two straight. This group needs a stretch where the team's main players stay healthy, so these guys can figure out how to come together as a cohesive unit. 

Howard also needs to get back to being the physical freak of nature that he was in Orlando prior to the back injury that cut his season short last year. He has seemingly lacked some of his stellar explosiveness, and his numbers have reflected that. 

At 17.4, his points-per-game average is lower than it has been since his second season, and his 12.0 rebounds are his lowest since his rookie year. 

So, while it is his shoulder that is keeping him out of action in the short term, it is his back issues that are still the bigger concern.