Dwight Howard Injury: Updates on Rockets Star's Back and Return

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent III

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) reacts as he walks off the floor during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard is dealing with a back injury that forced him to sit against the Utah Jazz on Jan. 7. However, he is ready to return.

Continue for updates.

Howard to Play vs. Pacers 

Sunday, Jan. 10

Calvin Watkins of ESPN passed along word of Howard's return against the  Indiana Pacers.

Howard Has Struggled with Injuries

Howard dealt with injuries throughout the 2014-15 season. In fact, he missed 41 games last year with a right knee injury and then suffered a sprained left knee in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors.

Injuries have plagued Howard in recent seasons, and the last time he played a full 82-game campaign was in 2009-10 with the Orlando Magic. Playing physically in the paint and protecting the rim for years have put some mileage on his body, and the Rockets have to be a bit discouraged by his nagging health issues.

At his best, Howard is one of the most talented players in the league. He is a double-double threat whenever he steps on the court, and he's averaged double-digit rebounding numbers every season of his career. Howard is also a dangerous rim-protector who makes Houston much more formidable on that end of the floor.

He is averaging 13.9 points per game to go with 11.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.