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Hornets F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist cleared for full-contact practice

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Hornets have announced that forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been cleared for full-contact practice.

The team did not release a timetable for when Kidd-Gilchrist will play again.

The 6-foot-7 small forward suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder on Oct. 3 in a preseason game at Orlando and underwent successful surgery three days later. He has participated in noncontact practice for the past two weeks.

The team's top defender, Kidd-Gilchrist averaged career bests in points (10.9), rebounds (7.6) and minutes (28.9) in 55 games (52 starts) last season. His 7.6 rebounds per game was first among NBA small forwards.

The Hornets (19-22) have the fourth-worst record in the Eastern Conference but remain only 2½ games out of eighth place.

Charlotte visits Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.