Dwight Howard's bad back will keep him out for an extended period of time, likely through the end of the season. Howard was diagnosed with a herniated disk in his back, a painful injury that may take significant time to recover from.
The news comes from John Denton.
Dwight Howard has been diagnosed with a herniated disk in back.His return will depend on how he responds to treatment. Likely out until POs.— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) April 14, 2012
With the Magic now essentially shutting him down, it calls into question where the team may end up when the playoffs do roll around. Currently, Orlando holds the No. 6 spot in the East, three games up on the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers. The Milwaukee Bucks are on the outside looking in, three games out of the No. 8 spot at 28-30.
Orlando has seven games left to go, giving Howard about two weeks to recover from the herniated disk. The Magic lost to the Hawks on Friday night without Howard, 109-81.
For more on Howard's injury, head over to Orlando Pinstriped Post.