The Cavaliers announced injury updates on Friday for two bench forwards, per Cavs.com:
“Cavaliers forward/center Tyler Zeller has been cleared to resume play with a protective mask. (fractured left orbital bone and concussion)
Cavaliers forward Luke Harangody had a successful arthroscopic procedure on his right knee this morning at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health after experiencing a continued period of soreness and swelling. Harangody is expected to be OUT for approximately six weeks. His status will be updated as appropriate.”
Obviously, Zeller’s return, which was expected most of the week, is big news as the Cavs face the Dallas Mavericks back at home on Saturday. He was averaging 18.5 minutes per game as one of the team’s most effective (cough cough) bench players through the first four games.
Harangody, on the other hand, likely will not play again in 2012. He has been bothered by the same knee issue dating back to last month. The 24-year-old former Notre Dame star last appeared in a game during the preseason on Oct. 15.
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