METAIRIE, La. -- Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday will play for the first time this season on Friday night against the Portland Trail Blazers, general manager Dell Demps said Tuesday.Meanwhile, guard Tyreke Evans returned to practice on a non-contact basis Tuesday. Demps said it is unclear when Evans will play, but that he appears to be in great shape.Holiday has been on indefinite leave since summer to care for his wife, retired international soccer star Lauren Holiday, who had brain surgery last month, just weeks after giving birth to the couples daughter.The Pelicans play in Orlando on Wednesday night, and Demps said Holiday is slated to practice with the team on Thursday before making his debut the following night in what will be New Orleans 13th game of the season.Demps said he expects Holidays return to be gratifying for Pelicans players and staff on both personal and professional levels.Hes just a great person -- just bringing him back and getting him back with the group, from a social standpoint, is most important, Demps said. From a basketball standpoint, we dont want to put pressure on him and make him feel like hes the savior.Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said he wasnt certain whether Holiday, who has been working out on his own in North Carolina the past couple months, would start or how much hed play.I just know we wont play him 35 minutes the first game back, Gentry said. Were not going to do anything like that. I think weve got to be smart about it. Hes been working out twice a day. Hes in great shape. Theres a big difference in being in great shape and being in basketball shape.New Orleans has won just two of its first 11 games, but also two of its last three after and 0-8 start.Its good for us -- a big, key component to our team that were able to get back, said forward Anthony Davis, who has been averaging 30.5 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks, but has lacked the help he need to produce more victories. Its good for everybody and well try to get this thing going.Holiday is expected to return as healthy as he has been in several seasons.He began last season on minute restrictions following his rehabilitation from a nagging lower leg injury that had sidelined him for much of the 2013-14 and 2014-15 campaigns.A former Eastern Conference All-Star with Philadelphia before his trade to New Orleans in 2013, Holiday wound up playing in 65 games with 23 starts during the 2015-16 season, averaging 16.8 points, 6.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 28.2 minutes per game. He scored 20 or more points 25 times and recorded six double-doubles.Jrues very good offensively and very good defensively, Davis added. Hes going to bring that passion, that energy, that fight. So its going to be good to have him back on the floor for us and have Jrue being Jrue.Tim Frazier has been starting in Holidays place this season, averaging 11.4 points and 7.9 assists. He said hes been in constant contact with Holiday, particularly after games to ask for his evaluation.Coming from the point guard spot, I know what you see outside is different from what I see on the court, Frazier said. He just told me what hes seeing and hes been positive, telling me to keep my head up and continue to fight and that he was on his way back soon.As for Evans, the Pelicans will gradually ramp him up to contact practices within the next couple weeks, Demps said, raising the prospects that the versatile 6-foot-6 guard and wing player could be playing in early December.Itll all be based on how his rehab goes in the next days, weeks, Demps said, peering through a conference room window with a view of Evans running through basketball drills on the practice court. 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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants failed to find a running game with a crowded backfield last season, and the numbers are worse in training camp.Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Andre Williams and Orleans Darkwa have been joined by fifth-round draft pick Paul Perkins, veteran Bobby Rainey and free agent Marshaun Coprich in the competition to make the roster.Doling out the carries is not easy, and the running backs need to put them to good use.With a little more than a week to go until the preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium, Jennings seems to have the inside track on being the No. 1 back.The eight-year veteran finished last season strong and led the Giants with career highs of 863 yards rushing on 195 attempts, a 4.4 yard average.However, it marked the third straight year New York failed to generate a 1,000-yard rusher, and the fourth in the past five. The Giants rushing totals in missing the playoffs the past four seasons have been 1,609, 1,603, 1,332 and 1,862 yards.Running backs coach Craig Johnson doesnt want a running game by committee. He would rather have one back get hot and ride him.Thats what happened with Jennings late last season.We allowed him to do some stuff, Johnson said. Were going to see if we can find the rhythm with a pair and maybe a third guy and, obviously, if it was like we finished the year, like Rashad finished, that would take care of a lot of problems. At the end of the year, he was probably playing as well as any back in football.If the running game can get going, that would take some of the pressure off Eli Manning and the receivers, who carried the offense.Getting the running game going is going to take some time and help from the line, which has all five starters back.Jennings isnt worried about having limited carries with so many backs in camp.Every play is its own play, he said. Its a brand new play, a brand new situation, a brand new down and distance, its a brand new culture of that play. How to fit in the triangles with the pass, howw to fit in the gap scheme in the zone on everything that youre doing so when youre in, youre just taking advantage of the play that youre in and being fully 100 percent on where your feet are at per play.ddddddddddddVereen, who took over the role as the third-down back last season and had 59 catches for 494 yards and four touchdowns, isnt worried about the numbers game.I like having a lot of guys in the room because everyone has a different style and everyone brings something new to the table so you can learn a lot from that, he said.Perkins might have the most to learn. The former UCLA product missed most of the organized team activities while finishing school, so he is playing catch-up.Coach Ben McAdoo was impressed with his effort on special teams on Wednesday. Johnson said he is smart and picking things up.Ive seen flashes, which is always a good thing you want to see out of a young player like him, Johnson said. Hes made a couple of nice catches. Hes had a couple of good bursts at the line of scrimmage. Like a lot of rookies, hes unsure, hes a little hesitant. But thats what happens when you have all the things that are going on with a rookie.Williams, who led the team in rushing in 2014 with 721 yards, is coming off a so-so-season and needs to pick up his game.Game notes WR Odell Beckham Jr. did some jogging on Wednesday and is getting closer to returning after Mondays lower leg injury, when he was cleated on a pass play. ... First-round draft pick Eli Apple still has a nasty habit of grabbing receivers in coverage. Cornerbacks coach Tim Walton said they are working on that, using post-practice video to point out what would be flags in the NFL. The more he does it, the more he gets comfortable with it, Walton said. ... TE Matt LaCosse left practice to his right knee examined after a catch, and later returned.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' '