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Tyler Myers Headshot

Myers (lower body) remains on track to return prior to the end of the season, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

The original timeline for Myers return was 6-to-8 weeks, which the short end would put him at March 21 against the Flyers. With the 27-year-old sidelined -- along with Toby Enstrom (lower body) -- Ben Chariot has been pressed into a second pairing role and is averaging 21:29 of ice time per night. Once cleared, Myers will almost certainly slot back into the Jets' power play where he has logged 1:42 of ice time per night, albeit in a limited 11 appearances.
3:15 pm (EST)
Ben Simmons Headshot

Simmons underwent a minor procedure Monday to insert bone marrow in his fractured right foot, Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

The 76ers announced last week that Simmons wouldn't make his debut in 2016-17 after CT scans showed that his foot hadn't fully healed, but in an effort to speed up his rehab process, he had the procedure to stimulate bone growth and speed up the healing process. Simmons is expected to resume training by the end of the week, though the 76ers will likely be extremely cautious with his activities. The organization remains hopeful that Simmons will be back to full health by the time the summer league arrives, which should provide an opportunity for the 20-year-old to get in some in-game reps before training camp in the fall.
3:15 pm (EST)
Kyle Lowry Headshot

Lowry will undergo surgery Tuesday to remove loose bodies from his right wrist, and he's expected to miss at least the rest of the regular season.

The Raptors' official release didn't provide many details, stating only that Lowry will "aim to return for the playoffs." That would seem to imply that he'll be done for the remainder of the regular season, meaning Cory Joseph will likely step into the starting lineup going forward. The loss of Lowry is obviously a major blow for the Raptors, who acquired both Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker at the trade deadline in hopes of bolstering their roster for a run at dethroning the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference. If Lowry is able to return at full strength early in the postseason, the Raptors will still be among the top teams in the East, but it's difficult to imagine Toronto truly contending for a Finals berth if the All-Star remains sidelined.
3:15 pm (EST)
Todd Frazier Headshot

Frazier (oblique) resumed baseball activity Monday, taking 35 swings and 35 ground balls, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.

The two-time All-Star has been out a little less than a week with an oblique strain, and with the extended spring training, the White Sox seem to be content easing him back into things. He still hasn't been given a timetable, but he should be healthy and ready to go come Opening Day barring any setbacks.
3:13 pm (EST)
Kenneth Faried Headshot

Faried (back) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game against the Bulls, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.

Faried will be missing his second game in a row after he sustained his back injury during Friday's win over the Nets. Wilson Chandler started in Faried's place Saturday and likely will once again. Looking ahead, Faried's next chance to play will be on Wednesday against the Bucks.
3:08 pm (EST)
Marko Dano Headshot

Dano (lower body) has been cleared for contact, but remains on injured reserve, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

Dano has been limited to just 28 games this season due to various ailments. When healthy, the center has been relatively productive with three goals and seven helpers. The 22-year-old is unlikely to provide top-end value once cleared to play, but could be a decent mid-range pickup.
3:06 pm (EST)
Andrew Copp Headshot

Copp (upper body) was cleared for contact, but is not ready to return for Tuesday's matchup with Minnesota, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

Copp will miss his fifth consecutive game Tuesday, but fantasy owners should be encouraged by the fact that he can fully participate. Considering the Jets' have two potential practice days following their meeting with the Wild, the winger could certainly be available against the Blues on Friday. Once the 22-year-old is given the green light, he figures to replace Chris Thorburn in the game-day lineup.
3:02 pm (EST)
Brooks Orpik Headshot

Orpik (lower body) was a limited participant in Monday's practice, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

The rugged defenseman has been held out of the last two games with the ailment and it's not clear if he'll be ready to return for Tuesday's clash against the Rangers. Check back after the morning skate, but don't be surprised if the Capitals err on the side of caution and give him a little more time to heal.
3:02 pm (EST)
Richard Bachman Headshot

Bachman was recalled from AHL Utica on Monday, Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province reports.

Bachman was recalled due to the absence of Jacob Markstrom at Monday's practice, though the reason for the absence is unknown. Expect a further update on Markstrom's status in the near future, as it will determine whether or not Bachman is utilized during his recall.
3:00 pm (EST)
T.J. Oshie Headshot

Oshie (upper body) was a limited participant in Monday's practice, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

The 30-year-old winger has been held out of the last two games while he recovers from the ailment, a luxury affording to the Capitals given their place in the standings. An update following Tuesday's morning skate should clarify the situation, but it looks like there's at least a small chance the U.S. Olympian could return for Tuesday's contest against the Rangers, but it would not be surprising if he was given a little more time to recuperate.
2:59 pm (EST)
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