Kenneth Faried Injury: Updates on Nuggets Star's Adductor and Return

Adam WellsFeatured Columnist

Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) in second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Denver. Portland won 112-106. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
David Zalubowski/Associated Press

Denver Nuggets star Kenneth Faried was out vs. the Detroit Pistons on Saturday due to an adductor injury. However, he is ready to return. 

Continue for updates. 

Faried Active vs. Hawks

Monday, Jan. 25

Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post confirmed Faried was in Monday's starting lineup against Atlanta. 

Faried Struggling to Stay Healthy During 2015-16 Season

Even though Faried has not been seriously hurt this season, he has missed seven games because of injuries. He was able to make it out of a scary situation on Jan. 2 against Golden State when he was stretchered off the court wearing a neck brace after making contact with a teammate. 

Faried was able to play in Denver's next game on Jan. 6 against Minnesota, though he scored just three points in 18 minutes. 

Head coach Mike Malone has been trying to get his young core, including point guard Emmanuel Mudiay and shooting guard Gary Harris, a lot of playing time to build for the future but with mixed results. 

The 26-year-old Faried is one of the key veterans for Malone this season. He's a player who is capable of impacting games with or without the ball because of his ability on defense, so keeping him on the court is essential for the Nuggets to make this a short-term rebuilding project.