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Dwight Howard flying home for nonsurgical PRP procedure

February 01, 2013|By Eric Pincus
  • Dwight Howard, center, leaves the court after re-injuring his right shoulder as teammate Kobe Bryant and a Lakers trainer walk with him to the bench during the Lakers' loss to the Phoenix Suns, 92-86.
Dwight Howard, center, leaves the court after re-injuring his right shoulder… (Matt York / Associated Press )

The Lakers announced on Friday that Dwight Howard will travel back to Los Angeles on Friday to undergo a "PRP procedure" on Saturday.

PRP is short for "platelet rich plasma." Howard will first have some of his own blood removed and spun in a centrifuge. 

The resulting plasma, which contains a high dose of Howard's own platelets to promote healing, will be injected into his shoulder.

Howard will miss the Lakers' visit to the Minnesota Timberwolves but will fly out to rejoin the team in Detroit. 

There's a short recovery time after the nonsurgical PRP procedure. It's unclear if Howard will be ready to play against the Pistons on Sunday.

Pau Gasol will start in Howard's place against the Timberwolves, backed up at center by Metta World Peace and rookie Robert Sacre.

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Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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