Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/28/12
MINNEAPOLIS The state of Minnesota just let out a massive sigh. After an eight-month absence, Ricky Rubio is back well, almost. The Timberwolves announced Wednesday that Rubio has been cleared to participate in full-contact practices with no limitations. He visited with Dr. Richard Steadman in Vail, Colo., early this week, and this was the outcome the team expected going into the final consultation. Rubio tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee March 9 during the Timberwolves' home loss to the Lakers. He had surgery to repair the torn ligaments nearly two weeks later, on March 21, and now, just eight months and a week later, he's been cleared to play. It's a quick recovery from an injury that usually takes a minimum of nine months of rehab, and now Rubio will work to integrate himself into the Timberwolves' system. After spending the beginning of this season on the bench and getting very involved with the team's game plans, Rubio began participating in no-contact 5-on-0 drills earlier this month, and coach Rick Adelman said it was clear that the point guard was completely familiar with all the team's plays. Now he'll just have to adjust to the physicality of the game and get his legs back under him, and the team is not giving any projections as to when he'll play in his first game. For his part, Rubio is well aware of the need to gradually phase his way back into the game, and he knows that he won't be playing big minutes to start. He'll be gradually eased into the offense, especially after such a quick recovery, sharing minutes with J.J. Barea and Luke Ridnour. The Timberwolves will return home after Wednesday night's game against the Clippers in Los Angeles. The team hasn't announced if it will practice Thursday after this back-to-back on the road, but by this weekend at the latest, Rubio will be on the court and practicing with the rest of his healthy teammates. This is what the Timberwolves have been anticipating for months. Follow Joan Niesen on Twitter.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

John Wall calls JJ Barea a ‘little midget’

Robin Lopez appears to grab DeMarcus Cousins in groin

Report: Cavs question Love’s illness at ’emotional’ meeting

WATCH: Dennis Smith Jr. effortlessly executes 360 dunk

Titans will not hire Ohio State’s Ryan Day as offensive coordinator

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Cardinals expected to hire Panthers’ Al Holcomb as defensive coordinator

Robby Anderson's lawyer: WR did not threaten sexual assault, was racially profiled

Report: Sean Payton high on Baker Mayfield

One-handed NFL prospect shared amazing message about disabilities

Austin Jackson agrees to two-year deal with Giants

Cavaliers interested In Kent Bazemore

The 'More things change...' quiz

Position-by-position breakdown of Super Bowl LII teams

How the New England Patriots arrived at Super Bowl LII

Behind the scenes: History of the Super Bowl in pictures

Oldest players to ever be on Super Bowl rosters

Players with the most Super Bowl appearances

Top takeaways from NFL Championship Sunday

Six incredible stats from the Belichick/Brady era in Boston

Sports & Politics Intersect: Nassar's victims put USA Gymnastics, MSU on trial

The 'One of these things is not like the other' quiz

Top 25 times franchise players have changed scenes in MLB

The best college hoops games to watch down the stretch

Timberwolves News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Position-by-position breakdown of Super Bowl LII teams

Oldest players to ever be on Super Bowl rosters

The 'More things change...' quiz

How the New England Patriots arrived at Super Bowl LII

Players with the most Super Bowl appearances

Behind the scenes: History of the Super Bowl in pictures

Sports & Politics Intersect: Nassar's victims put USA Gymnastics, MSU on trial

Top 25 times franchise players have changed scenes in MLB

The 'One of these things is not like the other' quiz

The best college hoops games to watch down the stretch

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker