J. J. Hickson PF/C DEN 4 Days

Hickson (knee) has been suspended five games without pay for violating the NBA's Anti-Drug Program, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Hickson is already attempting to come back from tearing his right ACL back in March, so his suspension marks another reason why he'll miss at least five games this season. While Hickson hopes to be ready for training camp, the timetable for returning from ACL surgery is usually fluctuates, so it's unclear when to expect the big man back on the court. Nonetheless, Hickson will miss at least five games for his drug policy violation.

J. J. Hickson PF/C DEN 4 Months

J.J. Hickson (ACL surgery) is eyeing a return to the court by training camp after undergoing surgery in May.

Just two months into his rehab, Hickson is pleased with his progress and is hoping to be back with the Nuggets by training camp. "My rehab is going great," he said. "I've got a good spirit about myself right now. I'm in a good place. I don't think I was ever down. It still hasn't hit me that I tore my ACL, but I know what I'm dealing with and I'm ready for the challenge." There were reports recently that had the big man out until January, but Hickson denied that timetable, "That's false," he said. "I'm looking to be ready for training camp. If not, definitely before the season starts." We're guessing training camp might be a bit ambitious, but fantasy owners should keep Hickson on their draft boards unless he experiences any setbacks.

J. J. Hickson PF/C DEN 4 Months

J.J. Hickson (ACL surgery) expects to return to the court in January, according to CSNNW.com.

Hickson had surgery in late March and his 10-month timetable is typical for a torn ACL, though every player's injury and recovery is unique. He played 27 minutes per game with Denver last season but was nowhere near providing fantasy value in typical leagues, due largely to his awful 51.7 percent FT shooting on 4.2 attempts per game.

J. J. Hickson PF/C DEN 6 Months

J.J. Hickson had surgery on Tuesday to repair his torn right ACL.

Hickson, who is owed a guaranteed $11 million over the next two seasons, may not be fully recovered in time for opening day of the 2014-15 season. The Nuggets are currently relying on Timofey Mozgov, Jan Vesely and Anthony Randolph to step up with both Hickson and JaVale McGee out of the picture with injuries.

J. J. Hickson PF/C DEN 6 Months

An MRI on Saturday revealed J.J. Hickson suffered a torn right ACL and will miss the rest of the season.

He suffered the injury on Friday night in the fourth quarter and this is the first noteworthy knee injury of his career. Hickson will likely miss the beginning of next year due to the injury and will remain under contract with the Nuggets. With Hickson out, the Nuggets will likely go with a smaller lineup and actually went with a lineup of Ty Lawson, Randy Foye, Evan Fournier and Darrell Arthur for most of the time following Hickson's injury in the fourth. Timofey Mozgov will continue to start while the team is expected to increase Jan Vesely's minutes. Anthony Randolph and Darrell Arthur also project to get more playing time.

J. J. Hickson PF/C DEN 6 Months

J.J. Hickson (right knee) will not play against the Wizards on Sunday night.

The team is still awaiting the results of his MRI and we'll pass along those results upon their release. Darrell Arthur and Anthony Randolph figure to get more action with Timofey Mozgov not really capable of playing big minutes. Hickson fantasy owners can look to cut him in a do-or-die situation.

J. J. Hickson PF/C DEN 6 Months

J.J. Hickson suffered a right knee sprain on Friday and will have an MRI on Saturday.

He played well with 18 points and eight boards against the Mavericks and the extent of his sprain is not known. Considering the team will give him an MRI, chances are he could miss Sunday's game vs. the Wizards. Timofey Mozgov would see more minutes at center while Anthony Randolph could get in the mix more.

J. J. Hickson PF/C DEN 6 Months

J.J. Hickson scored 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting with 11 rebounds in Monday's win over the Clippers.

True to form Hickson hit just 3-of-7 free throws and had no other stats. If you're punting 6-7 categories or in a format that rewards scoring and rebounding he could be worth a look, but in the rest of the free world he needs big nightly performances in those two strong areas to be rostered in reasonably sized leagues.

J. J. Hickson PF/C DEN 6 Months

J.J. Hickson came off the bench for 11 points and 10 rebounds in Saturday's loss.

Despite being replaced in the starting lineup by Timofey Mozgov, Hickson is playing well off the bench, averaging 13 points and eight rebounds over his last five games.

J. J. Hickson PF/C DEN 7 Months

J.J. Hickson came off the bench for 12 points, nine rebounds, one steal and two blocks in just 19 minutes on Sunday, as the Nuggets fell on the road in New Orleans.

Hickson continues to play well in limited minutes off the bench, a role in which he's averaging 9.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game. He made 6-of-9 FGs tonight but also committed seven turnovers and went 0-of-2 at the FT line. He's shooting an abysmal 52.2 percent from the charity stripe this season, on 4.0 attempts per game, which is reason enough to avoid him in most eight- and nine-category leagues.