Shabazz Muhammad practices

Updated: November 6, 2012, 8:35 PM ET
By Peter Yoon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad, out since Oct. 25 with a shoulder strain, is participating in practice and is "real close" to a full return coach Ben Howland said Tuesday.

However, a lingering NCAA investigation could still keep him out even though his shoulder might be healed enough to play the season opener on Friday.

"Physically, there is a possibility for sure," Howland said.

Howland said Muhammad had reached the "day-to-day" phase in his recovery ...

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