Shaq working way back from injury

Updated: April 1, 2010, 4:35 PM ET
Associated Press


INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Cavaliers center Shaquille O'Neal is getting closer to returning from a thumb injury.

O'Neal took part in some of practice Thursday, although coach Mike Brown isn't counting on him being back before the playoffs.

O'Neal has been sidelined since tearing a ligament in his right thumb Feb. 25. He had surgery and was expected to miss the rest of the regular season. On Wednesday, the 14-time All-Star said he was ahead of schedule.

Also, forward Anderson Varejao worked out after missing two games because of a sore left hamstring. He's a game-time decision for Friday's game against Atlanta.

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