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DeRozan (groin) is expected to return Wednesday against Philadelphia or Friday against Atlanta, Josh Lewenberg of TSN reports.
DeRozan is essentially a game-time call for Wednesday's contest, and his status should be updated following morning shootaround. Coach Dwane Casey has not stated whether he'll bring DeRozan along slowly with any sort of minutes limit, but it's probably best to hold off on deploying him in daily formats until he has a game or two under his belt.
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DeRozan (groin) will not play Monday against Detroit, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.
DeRozan said late last week that he anticipates returning to action sometime this week, but it won't be Monday. James Johnson will continue to start in DeRozan's place, and the All-Star's next opportunity to take the floor will come Wednesday versus Philadelphia. DeRozan has not played since Nov. 28.
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DeRozan (groin) now says he'll be back in the lineup "sometime next week", the Toronto Sun reports. ""I haven't had any setbacks, I haven't had any soreness. Everything feels good, I'm not in any pain," DeRozan said on Wednesday. "I just don't want to hop back out there. I think this is my third or fourth practice and I just really want to get a solid seven practices in and really get my rhythm and timing back."
Monday's tilt against the Pistons, or Wednesday's against the 76ers, would now seem to be the most likely games in which DeRozan would make his return from the groin injury he sustained November 28. His fantasy owners will just have to remain patient.
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DeRozan (groin) said he wouldn't be back in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Hornets, the Toronto Star reports.
There's been no setback for DeRozan, and he'll continue to practice with an eye on a possible Saturday return.
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DeRozan (groin) did not practice Tuesday but remains on track to return Thursday against the Hornets, Dave Hilson of the Toronto Sun reports.
DeRozan missed practice to visit with team doctors, who will perform another evaluation on his groin injury. If everything appears fine, he'll likely be given the green light to play Thursday, though nothing is set in stone at this time. While coach Dwane Casey has not addressed DeRozan's minutes situation, it's likely he'll be restricted for at least a few games as he works his way back into game shape. DeRozan has not played since Nov. 28.
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DeRozan (groin) is expected make his long-awaited return to the court against the Hornets on Thursday, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports.
DeRozan has been sidelined since Nov. 28 with a torn left adductor longus tendon. He's currently back on the practice court but the Raptors are looking to give him almost a full week of practice before he returns to competition. Don't be surprised if the Raptors limit his minutes in the early goings of his comeback to prevent further injury, although he may still be worth the play when considering his scoring ability, even in limited minutes.
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DeRozan got in a full practice Thursday for the first time since suffering a groin injury Nov. 28, the Toronto Sun reports.
DeRozan took a significant step in his recovery Thursday, and his return to game action is not far off. The Raptors have not provided an official target date for his return, but the report indicates that "Jan. 8 is a good guess."
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DeRozan (groin) traveled with the team to Los Angeles.
While DeRozan is not expected to play in Saturday's game against the Clippers or Sunday's game in Denver, it's certainly a positive sign that he's progressed to traveling with the team. However, he remains without a firm timetable, as the Raptors have not provided an update in several weeks. Toronto has tried a number of options at shooting guard in his absence, most recently inserting James Johnson into the starting lineup alongside Jonas Valanciunas, Amir Johnson, Terrence Ross and Kyle Lowry.
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DeRozan (groin) remains without a timetable to return, and surgery is not being considered, TSN 1050's Josh Lewenberg reports.
The team is taking an aggressive week-to-week approach to his recovery, but for now, Greivis Vasquez will continue to start at shooting guard, and is a good add in the short term.
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DeRozan has a torn left adductor longus tendon, and there is currently no timetable for his return to the court, the Raptors announced on Saturday.
This is a big blow for the team currently on top of the Eastern Conference. Raptors coach Dwane Casey hasn't yet given any hints regarding how this will change his rotations, but any of Lou Williams, Greivis Vasquez or James Johnson (with Terrence Ross then moving to shooting guard) could take DeRozan's spot in the starting lineup.