The Washington Times - December 3, 2011, 03:18PM

Every week seems to bring another update on the health of Maryland guard Pe’Shon Howard.

Here’s this week’s:

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“Still 12-week injury,” coach Mark Turgeon said. “Saw another foot specialist. There’s a gray area in everything we’re doing, but all three doctors – the two foot specialists and the team doctor – are all on the same page. He’s out of the cast. He’s in the boot. They’re letting him walk without crutches now in his boot. He’s riding the bike more, he’s lifting and he was in a pool walking on his foot. We’re all optimistic if everything goes great, it’d be around Christmas or New Year’s. That’s probably best-case scenario. It still could be mid-to-late January. And if he has a setback, it could be longer.”

And that … mostly says what’s been known all along about Howard, who has been out since the last week of October with what was then described as a 10-to-12 week injury.

Ten weeks would have put Howard back at the start of league play. Twelve weeks would have had him back in the latter half of January.

For now, Turgeon said Howard is pushing on the foot and not experiencing a lot of pain. And when he returns, he’s optimistic Howard fills the role Turgeon envisioned for him at the start of the year – playing point guard for Maryland.

“I know he hasn’t played any games, but I hope that’s what he becomes again,” Turgeon said.

Patrick Stevens