January 28, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger (33) warms up before the game against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Danny Granger unlikely to play in Indiana Pacers season opener

Stop me if you’ve heard this before – Danny Granger is injured.

The Indiana Pacers forward, who was shutdown for the remainder of the preseason a few days ago is unlikely to play in the Pacers’ regular season opener as his calf strain is worse than originally thought, this according to head coach Frank Vogel:

Vogel said Granger’s calf strain is worse than they thought and it’s unlikely that he plays opening night. Stephenson will start.

Indiana travels to New Orleans where they’ll take on the Pelicans on October 30th before returning home to host the Cleveland Cavaliers. Granger’s status for that game, is currently unknown.

If Granger is unable to play in the Pacers season opener as expected, Lance Stephenson will draw the start.

The Pacers are expected to be extremely cautious with Granger in his return (as he’s already hurt himself multiple times during the preseason) so it may be a while before he sees the court again.

Hopefully Granger’s absence will allow him to get healthy and he’ll be able to be a contributing party to the team this year.

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