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Dwight Howard | Center/Forward

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/8/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 265
College: None
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Dwight Howard (knee) has not yet progressed to on-court activities, and he is still limited to swimming, weight lifting and running on a weight-controlled treadmill.
He has been sidelined since Jan. 25 due to his ailing knee, and this report suggests that he still has a long way to go in his recovery. He is scheduled to have several MRI's in the coming week, so we should be able to provide an additional update on his timetable soon. With fantasy playoffs just around the corner, Howard's owners may need to evaluate their options. Terrence Jones has been on fire for the Rockets, and he will continue to be the primary beneficiary for the foreseeable future. Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith are locked into larger roles as well. Feb 28 - 12:53 PM

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Dwight Howard (knee) was limited to shooting during Thursday's practice, and he remains without an official timetable for a return.

Josh Smith and Donotas Motiejunas have emerged as the primary beneficiaries with Howard sidelined, with Smith offering the most upside. Terrence Jones is still being eased back into things after missing much of the first half of the season with nerve/leg issues, and while he'll have plenty of opportunity for as long as Howard is out, he has failed to capitalize on that at this point.

Dwight Howard (knee) is doing pool work and riding a bike in order to strengthen his leg.

Howard is dealing with edema in the knee—better known as swelling in the bone. Howard is trying to get fully right in time for the playoffs, and playing through the injury wouldn't have aided that cause. Howard will be constantly reevaluated, and his (fluid) timetable could change at just about any point depending on his recovery.
Feb 9 - 11:34 AM

Dwight Howard (knee) said that his timetable for a return is anywhere from 6-8 weeks, while Dr. Walt Lowe said that Howard could return in closer to four weeks.

Needless to say, this report leaves Howard's owners with more questions than answers and they will now have a tough decision to make with fantasy playoffs right around the corner. Howard's pain tolerance will determine how long he will remain on the sidelines, so his owners can only hope to get some good news soon. Howard is expected to be re-evaluated frequently, and he is also scheduled to undergo another MRI in about four weeks. In the meantime, Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith will continue to pick up most of the slack in Howard's absence, while Terrence Jones should also make some noise in the coming weeks when his minutes restriction is lifted. Stay tuned for further updates.

Dwight Howard (knee) had a bone marrow aspirate injection on Wednesday and will be re-evaluated in four weeks.

This practically rules him out until March, and it's possible that he misses even more time following his re-evaluation. The Rockets are obviously not going to play Howard at less than 100 percent with playoffs drawing closer, so owners who are on the verge of their own fantasy playoffs may be forced to cut ties with D12. Donatas Motiejunas, Josh Smith and Terrence Jones just received a huge boost to their value with this news, and we will pass along further updates on Howard when they are available.

Dwight Howard (knee) was limited to some light conditioning work during Tuesday's practice.

Howard was spotted on a treadmill, but head coach Kevin McHale put things in perspective by saying: "It's a step if you're training for the Tour de France." Howard will remain sidelined for the next month of action, and Donatas Motiejunas, Josh Smith and Terrence Jones will be asked to step up in his absence.

Dwight Howard is expected to be out for at least one month due to his ailing knee.

This is a devastating blow for Howard and his owners as there is no telling when we will see him back in action. Owners who are fighting to get into playoffs may be forced to cut ties with the star center, as the Rockets likely won't bring him back until his knee is 100 percent healthy. We will update Howard's status when we know more, but we would expect Donatas Motiejunas, Josh Smith and Terrence Jones to see a huge boost to their value following this news.
Source: ESPN
Jan 31 - 11:42 PM

Rockets' head coach Kevin McHale said he doesn't expect to have Dwight Howard (knee, ankle) back in uniform "for a while."

Things aren't looking good for Dwight. An MRI revealed fluid buildup in his right knee on Wednesday, and there was a report that he was seeking a second opinion and he could miss "extended time" on Thursday. McHale's words go along with the extended absence theme, and it'll be Donatas Motiejunas, Josh Smith, and Terrence Jones seeing a majority of the big man minutes with Howard sidelined.

Dwight Howard (knee, ankle) will get a second opinion on his right knee and could miss "extended time," according to Yahoo! Sports.

It sounds like he won't be back until after the break and there's no specifics known about his injury besides some fluid buildup. Howard needed a couple weeks to get over a knee injury at the end of 2014 and it does seem a little more serious this time around. While Dwight is out, Terrence Jones will have a great opportunity in front of him while Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith will step up, too.
Jan 29 - 7:45 PM

An MRI revealed Dwight Howard (knee, ankle) has a fluid buildup in his right knee and he will miss at least the next two games.

He was already out for tonight with a right ankle sprain, so another injury to his right leg is worrisome. Howard also missed 11 games earlier this season with a right knee injury, which was never confirmed by an MRI by the team. In other words, this injury is either worse or the Rockets are just sharing more information. Whatever it is, it sounds like he's going to miss time. Terrence Jones should be picked up in all leagues following a nice start.
Jan 28 - 11:55 PM

Dwight Howard (ankle) will not play against the Mavericks on Wednesday.

He's not even on the active roster and will be in street clothes. The Rockets might not have him for Friday against the Celtics, so his fantasy owners just have to bench him for now. Expect Joey Dorsey to start again with Donatas Motiejunas, Josh Smith and Terrence Jones to help out.
Jan 28 - 7:36 PM

Coach Kevin McHale said he'd be "shocked" if Dwight Howard (ankle) played against the Mavericks.

This will be his second consecutive game in street clothes, assuming something wild does not happen. For what it's worth, McHale has used this "shocked" statement before and it's held up every time. With Howard out, Terrence Jones might have to step up in his first game back. Donatas Motiejunas, Josh Smith and Joey Dorsey are also expected to help more.
Jan 28 - 6:18 PM

Dwight Howard tweaked his right ankle during Tuesday's practice, and remains a game-time decision for Wednesday's game vs. Dallas.

"It wasn’t as bad as when it happened, but I had to sit out of practice, so we’ll see how it feels [Wednesday]," Howard said. "Hopefully I can play, but if not, we still have a great chance to win the game." While Joey Dorsey would draw the start if Howard sits, Josh Smith and Donatas Motiejunas would see the biggest increase in value.
Jan 27 - 5:07 PM

Dwight Howard (ankle) will be a game-time decisions for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks.

We'll update Howard's status as more news becomes available, but there's a good chance he sits out a second consecutive game after leaving Friday's game with a sprained ankle. If Howard sits, Donatas Motiejunas, Josh Smith, and Joey Dorsey would see the biggest boost in fantasy value.

Dwight Howard (ankle) will not play against the Lakers on Sunday.

Coach Kevin McHale wasn't too hopeful that Howard would play tonight, and it looks like there is a legitimate chance that he misses additional time. We will consider Howard day-to-day for now, and we will update his status when we know more. The Rockets have yet to name a replacement in the starting lineup, but Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith will likely be the primary beneficiaries.
Jan 25 - 8:00 PM

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PosRoleName
PG1Patrick Beverley
2Jason Terry
SG1James Harden
2Corey Brewer
3Pablo Prigioni
4Nick Johnson
SF1Trevor Ariza
2K.J. McDaniels
3Kostas Papanikolaou
PF1Terrence Jones
2Donatas Motiejunas
3Josh Smith
C1Dwight Howard
2Joey Dorsey
3Clint Capela