Walker free of pain while testing knee

THE BALTIMORE SUN

LANDOVER -- Veteran Washington Bullets guard Darrell Walker tested his strained right knee in a vigorous half-hour workout before the game with the Miami Heat last night and declared himself free of pain.

Walker has been sidelined since Feb. 1 when he injured his knee in New York. He exhibited good mobility cutting and jumping while using a knee brace for the first time in his seven-year playing career.

"The knee feels fine," said Walker, who was leading the team in rebounding before his injury. "The problem now is conditioning and getting used to contact again."

Walker will be examined Monday by team orthopedist Steve Haas, who will determine if he can be reactivated, necessitating a roster move.

Fellow guard Haywoode Workman, who has also been sidelined since Feb. 1 with a groin injury, will be examined today and could possibly rejoin the Bullets by tomorrow.

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