Bulls' Butler running, still hasn't practiced

Bulls' Butler running, still hasn't practiced

December 6, 2013, 4:00 pm
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DEERFIELD — Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler is making slow progress toward a return from his turf-toe injury.

Listed as “week-to-week” ahead of the team’s “Circus Trip,” Butler was able to do some running Friday afternoon, according to Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.

“I don’t know if it’ll be a full week, but he’s got to practice,” Thibodeau said after the team’s practice at the Berto Center. “I don’t know if he’ll practice yet.”

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Going by the coach’s usual logic — Thibodeau’s typical standard is that injured players must take contact at practice before returning to the lineup — and ruling out a return in the Bulls’ next game, Saturday night against Detroit at the United Center, that would mean Butler would have to be a full participant in Monday’s practice, prior to the Bulls’ back-to-back set of games Tuesday at home against Milwaukee and Wednesday on the road in New York next week, in order to make a return against the Bucks at the United Center.

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The Bulls have proceeded with caution during Butler’s rehabilitation from the injury, suffered in their Nov. 18 home win over Charlotte, but a silver lining to his absence has been the emergence of rookie Tony Snell, who has filled in as the team’s starting shooting guard.