On Saturday, a report from the New York Daily News surfaced suggesting that Danny Granger’s injury woes may extend beyond just a strained calf:
But all is not perfect in America’s heartland. According to a source, Danny Granger is experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired left knee after missing most of last season. The veteran forward is currently sidelined with a left calf injury that could keep him out another two weeks. The greater concern is his long-term health of his knee and whether Granger will regain his form.
This news conflicted with earlier reports that Danny Granger would be able to return to practice sometime next week. Prior to the Pacers’ game against the Raptors on Friday, Conrad Brunner of 1070 the Fan Indianapolis, relayed the following Granger injury update provided by Frank Vogel:
Danny Granger, out since Oct. 19 with a strained left calf, may return to practice next week, though Vogel said there is no expectation, or timeline, beyond that. Granger is trying to return after missing all but five games last season with a knee condition that required major surgery last April.
What is Granger’s real health status?
Indianapolis Star writer, Candace Buckner went straight to the source, Danny Granger, to shed light on the matter. On Sunday, Buckner tweeted the following:
Just texted with Danny Granger, who said the recent report that he's experiencing left knee soreness is "not even remotely true."
She later added that the plan for Granger to return to practice next week remains the same, adding:
Granger reiterated that he will be back in practice next week.
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated also tweeted the following update:
Granger looked like he was moving fine during pre-game workouts on Saturday. Nothing aggressive, just shooting from all spots.
This is great news for Pacers’ fans. Adding Granger, a former All-Star, back to the rotation, sooner rather than later, will provide added depth to a team already off to its best start in franchise history.