Danny Granger returned to the Indiana Pacers' practice on Friday -- his first live participation in weeks after suffering a calf injury.

“I feel good,” Granger said. “I was running, sprinting, playing live for about an hour, so I felt really good.”

“(The Pacers’ trainers are) kind of holding me back and I think they know best. If it was up to me, I’d be playing, but like I said, they know best. That’s just me talking from my competitive side. I practiced today, so obviously I’m not far away.”

Over the past week, Granger has picked up his activity with on-court jogging and “increased intensity shooting,” which Frank Vogel described as sprinting to spots on the floor, then shooting.

“It was his first action back,” Vogel said. “He’s a ways away, though.”