Dwight Howard cleared for contact

Updated: October 10, 2012, 3:35 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Dwight Howard has been cleared for limited five-on-five scrimmages with the Los Angeles Lakers in his latest step back from offseason surgery.

Howard won't play in the Lakers' next preseason game Wednesday night against Portland in Ontario, Calif.

Howard took another step forward when he participated in full-court, full-contact 5-on-5 drills on Tuesday. He'd previously been doing 5-on-5-on-5 drills, which is basically the same thing, except they allow ...

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