Suns’ Cam Johnson returns to practice despite injury, ruled out against 76ers

Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns celebrates with Cameron Johnson #23 after defeating the Washington Wizards in an NBA basketball game at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on July 31, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kim Klement – Pool/Getty Images)

(Photo by Kim Klement – Pool/Getty Images)

Phoenix Suns forward Cam Johnson returned to the practice field for the first time on Saturday since injuring his quad against the New York Knicks on March 4.

However, the 26-year-old from North Carolina has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers on the team injury report.

Head coach Monty Williams spoke to the media on Saturday to discuss the possibility of getting Johnson and the Suns back to full health.

“He looked pretty good as far as going up and down the floor,” he said. “His conditioning wasn’t great, I thought he would miss it.

“He’s still in progression mode right now. He is not in a situation or a position where we say he will play in the next few days. We have yet to see how his body reacts to days like today.

Johnson was seen in training going through every team drill, getting shots, showing lateral moves and enduring extra conditioning.

Johnson thrived in his third year with Phoenix, hitting career average highs in minutes per game, points, field goal and three-point shooting, rebounds, assists and steals.

Although the Suns finished the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, there are now seven regular season games left for a potential Johnson return.

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