Ford gets green light from clinic

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:08 AM ET

T.J. Ford returned from the Cleveland Clinic yesterday with some encouraging news.

The Raptors point guard has been cleared to begin workouts with conditioning guru, and former NBAer, John Lucas in Houston to get back into playing shape.

After undergoing another MRI on his neck and back at that world-renowned facility, the Raptors medical staff announced last night that the chances for a full recovery for Ford are "highly favourable," although there is no timetable for his return to action.

Ford suffers from a condition known as spinal stenosis and missed the entire 2004-05 season after undergoing neck surgery. He suffered an arm stinger -- a related injury -- on Dec. 11 in Atlanta after being hit on a layup by Hawks' Al Horford and has not played since.


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