BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics will continue to field a shorthanded roster as they hit the road for Wednesday night’s game against the Washington Wizards.
Both Al Horford (concussion protocol program) and Jae Crowder (ankle) are not with the team.
Al Horford is still in the league’s concussion protocol program after suffering a blow to the head in practice on October 31. He returned to practice the following day when he showed no symptoms and went through some of practice before being pulled out when it appeared as though he was experiencing concussion-like symptoms. After being checked out by the team physicians, the 6-foot-10 forward was soon put into the league’s concussion protocol program.
He has done some physical work such as using a treadmill, but hasn’t progressed enough to be cleared for a return. On Monday, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Horford had not “advanced” in the league’s concussion protocol program which puts his return to the floor very much up in the air.
As for Crowder, he is making progress on the left ankle sprain injury he suffered against the Chicago Bulls on Nov. 2.
But like Horford, his return is also uncertain.
Crowder recently said that his return will be another week or two, but added that he’s not trying to come back ahead of schedule which was something he did last season after suffering a right ankle sprain and bone bruise injury in March.
“I don’t have a set date. I’m not going to rush it,” Crowder said. “I want to be out there so bad, but I want to get my health to as close to 100 percent as possible.”
A healthy Crowder was a huge plus for the Celtics most of last season. Prior to suffering his ankle sprain/bone bruise injury in March, he played a pivotal role in Boston ultimately finishing in a tie for the third-best record in the East.