Mar 2, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) and guard Dwight Buycks (13) and guard Greivis Vasquez (21) and forward Tyler Hansbrough (50) and forward Patrick Patterson (54) watch the final seconds tick away from the bench of their victory against the Golden State Warriors at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Warriors 104-98. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Patterson's Elbow Healing, Cleared for Contact Scrimmages


Patrick Patterson was originally diagnosed with an elbow injury (right ulner collateral sprain) after the game against his former team, the Sacramento Kings on March 7th–and the Raptors had announced that he would initially miss 7-10 days. But Patterson has been out nearly 3 weeks since suffering the injury.

In a recent press release by the Toronto Raptors, Patrick Patterson has now resumed participation in contact scrimmages.

The Toronto Raptors announced forward Patrick Patterson had his right ulnar collateral sprain reassessed Monday and another scan was taken of the elbow.

The injury is healing well and Patterson will continue to increase his basketball-related activity, including contact participation and scrimmages.

Since coming over from the Kings via trade, Patrick Patterson has been a key part of the Toronto Raptors rotation, playing key minutes in crunch time during the 4th quarter.

In 39 games with the Raptors this season, Patrick Patterson is averaging 9.7 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.3 APG off the bench.
Or 14.9 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 2.1 APG, 14 SPG, 1.0 BPG per 36.

The Raptors have gone 5-4 since losing Patrick Patterson, but still remain 1st in the Atlantic Division and are currently tied for 3rd overall in the Eastern Conference with the Chicago Bulls.

Toronto Raptors’ coach Dwane Casey commented on Patrick Patterson after the Raptors’ shoot around this afternoon.

“He can have contact, 1-on-1 stuff, where before it was very limited. It’s good news from that stand point. There’s no timetable for game. If we can get him up and going as soon as possible that’s the key,” Casey said. “but it was good news, the healing of his elbow and where he is right now.”

However as of right now there is remains no timetable for Patterson’s return.

“There’s no timetable,” Casey reiterated, “It’s a lot up to the medical staff and when they feel like he can go and that type of thing. If he gets hit in the wrong way, it could be trouble for a lot longer. That’s why they want to make sure and make sure he is put in a good position where it is well enough–he has a nice brace that was made for him and everything that should protect him somewhat.”

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