According to multiple reports from Portland Trail Blazers Media Day, forward Ed Davis has been cleared by team doctors to resume 5-on-5 play. In his Media Day interview, Davis stated that his left shoulder feels great and he expects to participate in all basketball activities once training camp opens Tuesday.
Ed Davis (shoulder) was fully cleared this morning and will be allowed to practice tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/0EmbFNXPcn— KGW Sports (@KGWSports) September 25, 2017
Davis averaged 4.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in 46 games last season before his season ended in March with surgery to repair his ailing shoulder. He said the plan this season is to set the tone right from the start, fighting to secure the starting power forward position.
Ed Davis says his goal is to win starting PF position for the Blazers. His surgically repaired left shoulder was cleared for 5-on-5 today— Jason Quick (@jwquick) September 25, 2017
With forward Noah Vonleh suffering a shoulder injury during an off-season scrimmage, Portland’s remaining forwards will angle for the starting position he formerly occupied, at least until his projected November return. Rookie Caleb Swanigan also stated a desire to compete for the spot during his Media Day interview.
The Blazers open the season versus the Phoenix Suns on October 18th.