J. J. Hickson PF/C DEN 7 Days

Hickson (knee) will not play in Thursday's preseason game against the Warriors, Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post reports.

Hickson is yet to play in the preseason, as he recovers from an ACL tear. He was cleared for full contact activities more than two weeks ago, so it's likely he returns for one of Denver's final preseason games. The Nuggets play Tuesday against Portland and close out at Golden State next Friday.

J. J. Hickson PF/C DEN 10 Days

Hickson (knee) won't play Monday, the Denver Post's Chris Dempsey reports.

The Nuggets continue to hold Hickson out, and it would be nice to see him take the court in the near future if he's going to be ready for the start of the regular season. JaVale McGee also remains sidelined, leaving Timofey Mozgov as the Nuggets' only healthy center.

J. J. Hickson PF/C DEN 16 Days

Hickson (knee) won't play in the Nuggets' preseason game Wednesday, but he is expected to play in the team's third exhibition Friday in Phoenix, the Denver Post's Chris Dempsey reports.

It's good to hear that Hickson is close to being able to play in a preseason game, and he should be available at the start of the regular season.

J. J. Hickson PF/C DEN 17 Days

Hickson (knee) will not play in the Nuggets' preseason opener Monday against the Lakers, Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post reports.

While he's been cleared for full contact, Hickson will not play Monday, as the team continues to exercise caution in bringing him back after an ACL tear. He should be back in the mix at some point during the preseason, but he'll sit the first five games of the regular season for violating the league's anti-drug program.

J. J. Hickson PF/C DEN 23 Days

Hickson (knee) has been cleared for full-contact basketball activities following last season's ACL tear, The Denver Post reports.

Hickson will still be suspended for the first five games of this season for violating the league's anti-drug program, but it appears he'll be able to resume playing once that punishment is completed. That's because Hickson has already been fully cleared following his ACL tear suffered in March. Along with that remarkably quick recovery, Hickson said he won't wear a brace on his knee this season. With the Nuggets' roster fairly unchanged up front, Hickson should fulfill a role similar to last season, when he averaged 11.8 points and 9.2 rebounds in 26.9 minutes across 69 games (52 starts).

J. J. Hickson PF/C DEN 1 Month

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 5 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 5 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 7 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 7 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.