The status of DeMarre Carroll is in doubt for the Toronto Raptors.

Carroll was close to a return a few weeks ago with his next step being clearance for contact.

Carroll was then in Atlanta tending to personal matters but he's returned now.

The Raptors believe Carroll will need more time and only a deep playoff run would ensure he returns this season.

The plantar fasciitis that Carroll had earlier this season made him compensate a bit and led to the knee trouble that led to surgery.