Gordon Hayward now wearing walking boot after gruesome injury

About suffering a gruesome injury in the season opener, Gordon Hayward has moved on from his protective cast to a walking boot and has reportedly practiced shooting from a chair.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens made his weekly appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub on Wednesday and said the forward is beginning the early stages of rehab in a walking boot and his spirits are "really good," according to ESPN.com, after he fractured his left tibia and dislocated his ankle less than six minutes into the Celtics' season when they lost to the Cavaliers on Oct. 17. 

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WALTHAM - NOVEMBER 2: Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward meets with the media for a press conference at the team's practice facility in Waltham, MA on Nov. 2, 2017. It was the first time he has spoken to media since the gruesome injury he suffered early in his first game with the team. (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY - MARCH 25: Gordon Hayward #20 of the Butler Bulldogs celebrates against the Syracuse Orange during the west regional semifinal of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Energy Solutions Arena on March 25, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY - MARCH 27: Gordon Hayward #20 of the Butler Bulldogs celebrates after cutting down the net after defeating the Kansas State Wildcats during the west regional final of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Energy Solutions Arena on March 27, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Butler's coach Brad Stevens (L) and Gordon Hayward speak during a news conference about his team meeting Duke in the NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game in Indianapolis, Indiana, April 4, 2010. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
5 APR 2010: Butler teammates Gordon Hayward (20) and Shelving Mack (1) head off the court as Duke celebrates their victory following the championship game of the Men's Final Four Basketball Championship held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. Duke went on to defeat Butler 61-59 to claim the championship title. Ryan McKee/NCAA Photos via Getty Images
NEW YORK - JUNE 24: Gordon Hayward stands with NBA Commisioner David Stern after being drafted ninth by The Utah Jazz at Madison Square Garden on June 24, 2010 in New York, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
MAITLAND, FL - JULY 8: Gordon Hayward #20 of the Utah Jazz reacts during play against the New Jersey Nets during the 2010 AirTran Orlando Summer League on July 8, 2010 at the RDV Sportsplex in Maitland, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
Utah Jazz guard Gordon Hayward (20) gets a dunk past Houston Rockets forward Greg Smith (4) during the second half of the NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City, Utah, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Oct 21, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA Utah Jazz guard Gordon Hayward (20) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Andre Roberson (21) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 3, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) defends against Toronto Raptors forward Terrence Ross (31) during the first half at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 6, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Utah Jazz small forward Gordon Hayward (20) dribbles the ball up court against the New York Knicks during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Utah won 114-109. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 1, 2016; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) defends against Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) during the second half at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Miami won 111-110. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 25, 2016; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) drives to the basket as Atlanta Hawks forward Taurean Prince (12) defends during the first half at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Western Conference forward Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz (20) and Western Conference center DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers (6) speaks to the media during the NBA All-Star Practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 20, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) leads a a fast break against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeated Utah 107-100. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 7, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) shoots against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Gorgui Dieng (5) and forward Andrew Wiggins (22) with help from teammate Utah Jazz center Jeff Withey (24) in the third quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Utah Jazz defeated Minnesota Timberwolves 120-13. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports
April 25, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) reacts against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half in game five of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 01: Kyrie Irving #11 and Gordon Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics look on during their introduction as the newest members of Boston Celtics at TD Garden on September 1, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 06: Gordon Hayward #20 and Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics look on prior to the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on October 6, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 11: Gordon Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics looks on during the game against the Charlotte Hornets on October 11, 2017 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 17: Gordon Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics high fives his teammates before the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 17, 2017 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Hayward's agent Mark Bartelstein believed a return for the 27-year-old this season would be "very unlikely" after undergoing surgery. With no predicted timetable for his coming back, Celtics fans can at least hope to hear for more good news from Hayward himself, who is expected to address the media on Thursday for the first time since the injury.

In his absence, the Celtics are still tied for first place in the Eastern Conference with the Orlando Magic at 5-2, with contributions from the likes of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown at the small-forward spot.

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