Thursday March 10th, 2016

Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler has been cleared to resume workouts after getting a second opinion on a lingering knee injury, the team announced Thursday. 

Butler visited orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Thursday after re-aggravating a strain in his left knee, which caused him to miss 11 games. He returned to action over the weekend, playing against the Rockets on Saturday, but sat out Monday after experiencing swelling.

The Bulls had the expectation that Butler was OK to play, but he sought out the second opinion on his own. Andrews confirmed the original opinion of the team doctors.

It is not yet clear when Butler will return to game action.

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In 49 games this season, Butler is averaging 22.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.

The Bulls (32–30) are currently eighth in the Eastern Conference standings. 

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