New Orleans Pelicans' 3-point shooter Ryan Anderson said Tuesday he is jogging on the court and has been fitted for a brace for his sprained right knee.
He doesn't know when he'll return, but he will wear the brace when he does return.
“I know I'm getting the brace on the (upcoming road) trip,” he said after the team's shoot-around practice in preparation for its game against the Milwaukee Bucks. “I got fitted for it a few days ago.
“I'm not doing any court work to be close to playing. I've never had a knee injury, so if it's going to take a week, I don't know.”
Anderson said he will accompany the team on its three-game Western road trip, which begins Thursday, but he will not play. The team returns home on March 23.
Anderson's MCL was sprained on Feb. 21 when it hyper-extended after he stepped on the foot of Heat point guard Mario Chalmers during the second quarter of a game at Miami. The Pelicans said he was to miss two to four weeks.
Anderson said last week that after the swelling subsided, he he'd began working on the Ultra-G machine, which decreases the user's body weight and pressure on the joint in enabling workouts. He also was running in the swimming pool.
He said Tuesday that his rehab and workouts have been stepped up. Last Thursday, he was on the court at the team's practice facility, taking shots.
“I was shooting, but no jumping, though,” he said. “All set (shots).
“I haven't done a ton of on-court fitness stuff, yet. I started to jog on the court the other day. (Tuesday) we did a little bit of lateral work, but that's where I'm going to have the most problems because of the way my knee bent.”
While not being able to do a lot of running, Anderson said the focus has been on strengthening the knee.
“There's still swelling and even a bruise there,” he said. “It's not something I notice when I'm walking straight. It's just when I tweak it at that angle that I feel pain. Right now, it's just more of that weak feeling.”
Anderson, who backs up Anthony Davis as an outside shooting power forward, is averaging 14.6 points per game, fourth on the team, and has made 111 3-pointers on 34.3 percent shooting. He also averages 5.1 rebounds per game and is one of the team's key players because of the spark he provides off the bench and his opening up drives to the basket for others with his shooting.
He has missed the past 11 games due to the injury. Last season, he missed the final 51 games of the season after an on-court collision on Jan. 3 resulted in his having two herniated disks in his neck, which required surgery in April.
Anderson is in the third season of a four-year, $34 million contract after the team obtained him from the Orlando Magic in a sign-and-trade before the 2012-13 season.