Tuesday , Feb , 24 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Gilbert Arenas, Brendan Haywood Practice with Wizards

Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas took another step toward a possible return from knee surgery this season by taking part in non-contact drills during practice Monday.

Injured center Brendan Haywood, working his way back from a torn wrist ligament, also took part in the drills.

"We had two guys that were able to participate that haven’t been able to in the past," interim coach Ed Tapscott said. "Both Brendan and Gilbert did some shooting and some running up and down the floor, so it was great to see those guys out there."

Neither has played this season and no timetable has been set for either to play — or even practice full-contact — although the Wizards have been expecting both to suit up at some point this season.