Dwight Howard likely to miss rest of week's practices, putting first preseason game in doubt


The Wizards shared some ominous news about Dwight Howard on Wednesday, as he continues to sit out from practice due to back soreness.

Howard, according to head coach Scott Brooks, may miss the rest of the week. The Wizards have shut him down from basketball activities for the interim as they try to alleviate the pain and discomfort.

"He's progressing. He's better today," Brooks said. "We'll see who he feels after this week."

Howard, 32, has yet to practice with the Wizards this training camp and, based on the timeline Brooks shared, doesn't sound likely to play in their first preseason game on Oct. 1

Howard joined the Wizards in free agency this offseason. He has a history of back issues, but the Wizards believe this current problem is minor and not a long-term concern. Howard said he hurt his back from traveling this summer on airplanes.

The good news from Wednesday's practice was that Austin Rivers returned from neck spasms. Like Howard, Rivers was acquired this offseason. He can now start building chemistry with his new teammates, while Howard will have to wait.