Webber's return date is uncertain Bullets trainer says playing tomorrow iffy

January 01, 1996|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF

Washington Bullets forward Chris Webber, who strained his left shoulder Friday, was experiencing soreness yesterday and may not be ready for tomorrow's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Webber, who has dislocated the shoulder twice, went through several hours of physical therapy with Bullets trainer Kevin Johnson yesterday afternoon.

"We went through some strengthening exercises testing his range of motion, and used some ice and ultrasound," Johnson said. "We should know some more [today]."

After Friday's game, Webber said there was a possibility he could play tomorrow, an opinion reiterated by team officials Saturday. But Johnson said Webber will take his time before returning.

"I don't know about a timetable, we'll just take it slow and see how things go," Johnson said. "We just want to make sure he feels comfortable."

Webber first hurt the shoulder Dec. 22, 1994, in a game against the Golden State Warriors. He dislocated the shoulder a second time in a preseason game against Indiana on Oct. 21 and missed the first 11 games of the season.

Soreness in the shoulder led Webber to sit out the Dec. 9 game against Dallas.

In all, Webber has missed 15 games this season, including one to serve a suspension.

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