Bledsoe Contributing to Team While Rehabbing

by Matt Petersen

Eric Bledsoe misses playing. The Suns miss him.

There has been progress, albeit small, toward solving both issues. Bledsoe was at practice on Tuesday, though he did not participate.

His presence should become more regular. The knee which received arthroscopic knee surgery early this month no longer sports a brace, nor does it get overly sore after sitting for stretches at a time.

The fourth-year guard will likely begin traveling with the team starting with next week’s four-game road swing.

“We told him ‘we’d like you there as much as possible during the games,’” said Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek. “When the point guards come off the court, you can sit with them and talk to them and tell them some of the things you see out there to help out and keep him involved.”

Bledsoe has been in solid rehab for a week, now, but neither he nor Hornacek are able to speculate as to a return date.

“We’re doing everything possible to get him back as quickly as possible,” Hornacek said.

Bledsoe, meanwhile, feels for the team, which had won 12 of their last 16 games before learning the severity of the injury.

“It was tough,” he said. “I was having a great year. Everybody was playing great. To go down like this and watch the team kind of battle it out a little bit, it’s real tough.”