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Blazers’ Collins Excited by Injury Rehab Progress

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Zach Collins spoke with The Oregonian’s Jamie Goldberg about the progress he is making with his shoulder rehabilitation.

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Zach Collins delivered a positive update regarding his shoulder rehabilitation prior to the Trail Blazers’ loss to the Pelicans on Friday. The 7-footer spoke with The Oregonian’s Jamie Goldberg about the drills he is running through in an effort to return to the court later this season.

During pregame warmups, Collins ran through a series of drills that included ball handling and light shooting. Collins, who participated in just three games before dislocating his shoulder in Dallas, explained that he is thrilled about the progress his making toward returning to the court.

“It’s definitely exciting when you feel yourself getting back to what you do everyday,” Collins said. “It’s nice.”

When asked if he is still hoping to return to action at some point in March, Collins responded:

“That’s my goal,” Collins said. “It’s very realistic still.”

Until that return occurs, the former Gonzaga standout explained that he is focused on regaining a full range of motion before participating in contact drills.

“I think the next step is getting the range of motion perfect, and then contact,” Collins said. “We’ll see how it goes.

You can read Goldberg’s full story at The Oregonian.