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Dwight Howard downplays injury

Updated: January 9, 2013, 3:11 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard attempted to downplay the severity of his shoulder injury Tuesday, claiming his labrum is not torn -- contrary to what the team had announced a day earlier.

Howard clarified his medical condition prior to the team's 125-112 loss to the Houston Rockets, hoping he could calm some Lakers fans' nerves.

"My labrum, a piece of it separated from the bone," Howard said. "When people saw it, they was thinking the worst. It's not as bad as what people ...

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