That would be ahead of the 8-12 week timetable initially set by doctors and come as Maryland returns from a nine-day break for final exams. The Terps play Wednesday night against Florida International at Comcast Center.
When Turgeon was asked by a reporter for The Diamondback at his regular pre-game news conference Tuesday about Howard's announcement, he wanted to know if the news had come out via Twitter. Told that it was on CBSSports, Turgeon seemed just as exasperated that the sophomore from Los Angeles was making that kind of pronouncement only days after getting the protective boot removed.
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"If that's what the kid decided, that's probably when he'll be back," Turgeon said. "My whole deal is that if it's your body and you're healthy, and you want to play, then you play. I'm going to coach who I have. If we add a guy, I'll coach them. We're going to have like nine different teams this year."
Turgeon had said a few minutes before that Howard had "done nothing live yet" and the team's doctors and trainers are "really taking it slow." Turgeon also said that Howard ran on the treadmill for 45 minutes Sunday without any pain.
The Terps will also add center Alex Len, the 7-0 foot center from the Ukraine, after his 10-game suspension from the NCAA ends. Len, who is being used now on both the first and second-team in practice, becomes eligible on Dec. 28 against Albany.