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Chronicle: Yao Cleared For More Workouts

Really, really, really good news today. Yao Ming has passed a major checkpoint with flying colors.

An extensive physical on Yao's repaired and restructured left foot on Thursday, long considered an important milestone in his comeback, showed the rehabilitation progressing well, clearing Yao to move to more extensive running and on-court workouts.

"We reviewed his most recent bone scans and they indicate the healing is continuing at the expected rate," Rockets athletic trainer Keith Jones said. "He's right where he should be with regards to his rehab.

I'm tellin' ya, he's going to come back strong. Just wait.