Eric Bledsoe returns to the practice court

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PHOENIX — Eric Bledsoe has been making strides toward returning to the court in recent weeks and on Monday it became a reality. The 6-foot-1 guard played a 3-on-3 game at practice in his first real action since undergoing knee surgery to fix meniscus damage.

“I was a little bit rusty for the most part and appreciate my teammates coming out helping me,” Bledsoe said after his workout.

Suns coach Jeff Hornacek still needs to see Bledsoe run through a full practice and play in a 5-on-5 scrimmage before he returns to game action. Hornacek said Bledsoe could return to practice as soon as Saturday, but that is fully dependent on how the knee responds. Soreness is expected considering Monday was the first time Bledsoe gave his knee a full-go.

Bledsoe doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to come back and he wants to make sure he is 100 percent before returning.

“I am just taking my time and going to continue to be one of the biggest cheerleaders out on the bench, and I am just going to take my time,” Bledsoe said.

The Suns have handled their business by going 14-11 since Bledsoe’s injury, which occurred just before the calendar flipped to 2014.

Earlier this week, the Arizona Republic’s Paul Coro was first to report that Bledsoe’s return was on the horizon.

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