Ankle, wrist injuries hampering Howard

Updated: October 27, 2009, 12:58 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- On the eve of the season opener, the Dallas Mavericks don't know when Josh Howard will be ready for game action.

Howard, who underwent operations on his left ankle and wrist on May 22, wasn't cleared for any contact work until Oct. 14. He has yet to complete a full practice and will not dress out for Tuesday's opener against the Washington Wizards.

While there is still some soreness in the wrist, the ankle is preventing Howard from playing. He had minor reconstructive ...

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