Saturday , Jan , 15 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Pacers activate Bender; place Edwards on IL

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – The Pacers activated forward Jonathan
Bender before Saturday night’s game against Orlando, and placed rookie center
John Edwards on the injured list with a strained right quadricep.

Bender played in just two games before Indiana placed him on the IL with a
right knee injury on November 20. He scored 16 points in 27 minutes during
those two contests.

Plagued by the same injury, Bender has missed large chunks of playing time
over the past several years. Last season, he was sidelined for the first 39
games after having surgery on the knee. He then missed seven more games due
to “postoperative soreness.”

Edwards is averaging 1.4 points and one rebound in 19 games this season.