Dewayne Dedmon cleared to return to practice

Dewayne Dedmon poses for a photo during Hawks Media Day on Monday, September 25, 2017, in Atlanta.   Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
Dewayne Dedmon poses for a photo during Hawks Media Day on Monday, September 25, 2017, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

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After missing three games with right elbow pain, Dewayne Dedmon has been cleared to return to practice.

Dedmon underwent a non-surgical procedure to address the pain Feb. 27. After a blowout loss to the Grizzlies Monday, the Hawks are off Tuesday, so it looks like the center will rejoin the team at practice Wednesday.

In an interview with 92.9 The Fan Tuesday morning, general manager Travis Schlenk said Dedmon got shots up Monday and the Hawks "fully expect him to be ready" Friday when playing the Wizards in D.C.

It’s likely Dedmon’s status won’t officially be upgraded until later in the week, once the Hawks see how he reacts to workouts and practicing with contact.

Since Clint Capela (right calcaneus contusion/plantar fasciitis) has not yet been cleared to play, Dedmon’s absence left the team quite thin at center, with Bruno Fernando and Damian Jones getting the majority of those minutes.

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