Oregon coach Dana Altman announced today that Dominic Artis has been medically cleared to play limited minutes in Thursday’s Civil War game against Oregon State. Artis took part in Monday’s team practice for the first time since January 23; the Ducks have gone 5-4 in his absence, and much has been made about Oregon’s struggles without the freshman point guard.
Altman said, “He’s been doing some individual workouts. He did some dry stuff yesterday, and he will be more involved today. If things go well, he’ll give us a few minutes Thursday. We don’t want any setbacks, so we’ll take it slow–and we’ll take it slow Thursday night. He’s moving pretty good. He says, ‘It’s feeling good.” So we’re moving on.”
The coaching staff, along with the trainer, will monitor Artis’ minutes closely, something like a pitch count in baseball. Altman said, “If we can gradually bring him back in the next two weeks, by the Pac-12 Tournament, I think he’ll be at full speed.”
“Johnny will still have to play the major role for at least a few weeks,” Altman said. “Artis and Johnny are a really good combination. They complement each other very well.”