Although he is recovering from off-season surgery to both knees, Pervis Ellison walked through drills during practice yesterday morning at the Washington Bullets' training facility at Bowie State University.
After an examination by doctors today, the team is hoping to get a better idea as to when the 6-foot-10 forward will be able to play. He's not expected back until after the start of the season.
Ellison, who had surgery on May 11, reported to the start of camp in Shepherdstown, W. Va. with the other veterans on Oct.
7. But Ellison, who described himself as being
about 45 percent" at the time, was sent home the next day so that he could rehabilitate under the care of doctors in the Washington area.
Smith separates shoulder
Guard LaBradford Smith separated his right shoulder after hitting a wall during Saturday's practice at Bowie State.
Smith was taken to the USAir Arena in Landover on Saturday night and was examined by Dr. Richard Grossman, who was at the Washington Capitals' hockey game. The team doesn't believe the injury is serious, and Smith will be re-examined in a week.
MacLean sits out practice
Don MacLean, who scored just two points in the team's loss to Milwaukee on Friday in Normal, Ill., apparently suffered a strained abdominal muscle during the game and did not practice yesterday.
A participant during practice was first-round draft pick Calbert Cheaney, who had been limited to two practices during camp because of sore hamstrings. The team is hoping that Cheaney will be healthy enough to play in the remaining seven preseason games. . . . The Bullets will play the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday in Louisville, Ky., beginning a stretch of seven preseason games over 11 days.