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Dwight Howard Injury: Lakers C Ruled Out Of Preseason Opener

The Lakers ruled Dwight Howard out of the start of training camp and the preseason as he continues recovery from a back injury.

April 10, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Injured Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard claps from the sidelines against the Washington Wizards in the second half at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 93-85. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE
April 10, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Injured Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard claps from the sidelines against the Washington Wizards in the second half at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 93-85. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

The Los Angeles Lakers have ruled Dwight Howard out of their exhibition opener on Oct. 7 as the center continues to recover from a back injury.

While there is no current timetable for his return, the team said he will not be ready for the start of training camp or the beginning of preseason. Howard had surgery last April to repair a herniated disk and missed the rest of the 2012 season and the Olympics.

Howard recently began working with the Lakers' training staff as he continues his recovery. Lakers officials said there have been no setbacks in the rehabilitation process. Howard is currently working on core stabilization and strength training while also doing some light running and shooting.

The Lakers open their season Oct. 30 at home against the Dallas Mavericks.

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