Dwight Howard is out at least 1 week with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Re-evaluated next week.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) January 7, 2013
Howard originally strained his shoulder in Friday night's loss to the Clippers, then aggravated it again Sunday night against the Denver Nuggets. Now he will miss, at the very least, a full week of playing until he is re-evaluated. This is terrible news, as the Lakers have been unable to re-build momentum after a brief winning streak, and have an extremely tough stretch of games coming up with the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, and Oklahoma City Thunder all in line. Dwight will be re-evaluated next week, and it's anybodies guess whether this is a serious injury, but a quick search on the injury reveals this...
Until the final diagnosis is made, your physician may prescribe anti-inflammatory medication and rest to relieve symptoms. Rehabilitation exercises to strengthen the rotator cuff muscles may also be recommended. If these conservative measures are insufficient, your physician may recommend arthroscopic surgery. - Orthoinfo.aaos.org
Updates as they come. Big sigh until then.