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Rondo cleared for full contact in practice

Posted by shawn cassidy on December 14, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Great news out of Celtics practice today, an early Christmas gift you could say. Stevens was still saying that Rondo won't play this month, but I think he will. Brad is being safe, and he doesn't want to hit Rondo with a ton of pressure.

ESPN Boston

Stevens said he believes Rondo should return to game action next month.

Rondo traveled Friday with team physician Dr. Brian McKeon to meet with operating surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who examined Rondo's progress and cleared him to return to practice activities. The Celtics threw Rondo into the fire on Saturday, engaging in a spirited 45-minute session despite coming off game action on Friday night.

"[Rondo] had a good trip [Friday], as far as getting good news, and it looks like he’s on schedule to be closer, but still probably doesn’t look like we’re going to see him on the court any time this month," said Stevens. "Hopefully as we get into January, he’ll be closer."

Rondo underwent ACL surgery in mid-February, about two weeks after initially tearing the ligament. He's been able to engage in limited-contact activities recently, including games of 1-on-1 and 2-on-2 with teammates, but needed Andrews' clearance to dive back into 5-on-5 full-contact activities.

How did Rondo look in his first full practice back?

"Pretty good," Stevens said with a sly smile.

Added teammate Brandon Bass: "He looked good, he looked solid."

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Reply C'slife
8:12 PM on December 14, 2013 
Great news. Can't wait, just can't wait.
Reply paul
10:51 PM on December 14, 2013 
Big news. Let's not trade Crawford. With Crawford and Pressey behind him, Rondo can go all out when he's on the court, getting spelled more. Rondo going all out more consistently will be a force.
Reply Morena
2:38 AM on December 15, 2013 
This is the best news I could receive this morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D