Charlie Villanueva has first full-contact practice since January

Charlie Villanueva

Charlie Villanueva’s shots went up at practice Friday, and according to the hobbled Pistons forward, they were going in.

“You know it was going in,” an upbeat Villanueva said after practicing with full contact for the first time since being placed on the inactive list in January.

He called it significant progress. Coach Lawrence Frank called it very encouraging. Even so, neither side would call when Villanueva would see game action again.

“I’m just taking it step by step,” Villanueva said. “This is the first time I actually had a full day of practice, so we’ll see how my ankle responds. The way it’s feeling right now, it’s feeling OK, so we’ll see what happens.”

— Reported by Anthony Fenech of theĀ Detroit Free Press

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