The bad news keeps on coming for the Detroit Pistons as rookie Andre Drummond will be out for 4-6 weeks with a stress fracture of the fifth lumbar vertebra, the team announced.
The 19-year old rookie went to the doctor Thursday and sought another opinion Friday before the prognosis was confirmed, that his fall against the Lakers on Sunday was indeed something that would keep him out longer than the "day to day" status he'd had in the two games since. Team physician Ben Paolucci addressed the media before Friday's game to discuss the specifics.
Drummond has been placed in a custom brace and activity levels will be modified while the injury heals, and Paolucci said Drummond has experienced some discomfort, but once he recovers, it should be the end of it.
"No surgery," Paolucci said. "He's got a stress fracture. He should get better, no residual. Nothing lasting."
He'd been laboring in losses to the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, playing a total of 12 minutes, and this setback will surely derail the progress he's made on the court. He suffered another injury on the other side of his tailbone which isn't as serious, Paolucci said.
"The injury on the left side occurred in the L.A. game. It's a common injury," Paloucci said. "Once he doesn't have any pain, he'll be able to start some exercising."
Pistons rookie Drummond is likely out 4-6 weeks with fractured vertebra
Detroit News | Feb 8