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Matt Barnes expects to participate in running drills next week

January 27, 2011 |  6:03 pm

No matter how much progress Lakers forward Matt Barnes may be making regarding his surgically repaired right knee, he remains aware of not over rushing his eight-week timetable.

But given the relentless nature of his rehabilitation since having surgery Jan. 11 to repair a torn lateral meniscus on his right knee, he's made enough progress to begin working on the elliptical machine and continual weight lifting. It's also proven solid enough that Barnes believes he can begin participate in running drills next week.

"There's a stretch run coming up. I want to be back and stay there. I don't want to be back too early and then have to take a few steps back."

That's been the common theme Barnes has reiterated to fans via Twitter, which has consisted with consistent daily updates surrounding his rehab. It's not so much a tool to make feel a sense of accomplishment so much as it's been to stave off continual questions from fans about his injury.

"I'm just anxious to get back, but at the same time, I don't want to jeopardize myself by coming back too early," said Barnes, who is expected to return with five more weeks. "So I'm just waiting it out."

--Mark Medina

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