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Cavs Zeller cleared to play; Harangody out six weeks after surgery

Nov 16, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT

Tyler Zeller Cavaliers AP

Tyler Zeller — who had been playing well off the bench for Cleveland until his face ran into the elbow of the Clippers D’Andre Jordan — has been cleared to return to the court, the team announced.

Zeller suffered a concussion and a non-displaced fracture of his left orbital bone (the eye socket) from Jordan’s elbow while battling for rebounding position. If you really want to see the video, it’s below. Zeller has been cleared of the concussion symptoms (by the league neurologist) but will wear a mask for a while until the bone is healed.

Zeller was giving the Cavs a solid 18.5 minutes a game off the bench, with 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds a game. His return will be a boost.

He could be back on the court Saturday against Dallas.

Cleveland’s Luke Harangody won’t be on the court for a while — he is out six weeks following knee surgery on Friday, the team announced. Not that they will notice, he hasn’t stepped foot on the court this season due to his knee.

This was an arthroscopic procedure to clean up whatever was going on in there. Harangody had been having swelling and issues in his knees since training camp.

  1. clevelandschronic2 - Nov 16, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Thank god. He was a great pick for us(dal trade). Too bad we have a habit of wasting the #4 overall pick(Tristan and Dion) hopefully we can get another high lottery pick to go with mr handles(kyrie). And everyone Vote Andy Varejao for the all star game. Dude is the hardest working player and he is jus relentless he deserves it

    • cmehustle - Nov 16, 2012 at 4:21 PM

      Dam thats pretty rough on Thompson and Waiters already. Are u sure, sometimes in the NBA it takes awhile for these younguns.

    • ljl2 - Nov 16, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      Maybe you have had unrealistic expectations. Waiters has been solid, but playing like a rookie. He has flaws, of course. But nothing that can’t be corrected. Relax.

      • ljl2 - Nov 16, 2012 at 7:03 PM

        ps – Waiters is 2nd in rookie scoring and 2nd in FG%…as guard on the wing…who shoots a lot of 3s…

      • tk41 - Nov 16, 2012 at 11:40 PM

        Waiters has played well thus far & Thompson has always been seen as more of a project. Given how bad of shape the Cavs were in, they’re on a very quick path back to relevance. There are a dozen or more franchises that would love to trade situations (young talent, low payroll, future picks, etc…) with the cavs.

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