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UPDATE: Meyers Leonard Returns To Blazers Practice Tuesday

Meyers Leonard is ahead of schedule, and may be on the court soon with a few improvements to his game.

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Update: CSN NW’s Jason Quick reported that Meyers Leonard was cleared even earlier than planned, and was back at practice today for 3-on-3 sessions.

Media Day is upon us Blazers fans and today one surprising bit of news popped up rather early. When Meyers Leonard took the podium, he announced that his doctor had cleared him for full 5-on-5 contact with no restrictions as early as October 8th.

Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the surgery in his Los Angeles based office April 8th and the expected timeline for return was listed as 6-8 months. This would put Leonard on the earliest of early returns on the timeline.

One thing to highlight here is that this is coming from Leonard and his doctor. No mention of return from the Blazers’ staff or management have stepped in to confirm or deny Leonard’s timetable at this time however.

As for what Leonard has spent his time working on during his recovery, he mentioned one facet of his game in particular.

During his time, Leonard reflected on the past year quite a bit. Phrases like “blessed,” and “changed my life” were the theme. From turning down the initial contract offer last season of $40 million, the stresses of the injury, to the life changing financial changes from his new contract.

Blazer’s Edge’s David MacKay talked with Meyers Leonard at Media Day, and will provide more details later tonight.