MEMPHIS, Tennessee — Detroit Pistons guard Frank Jackson entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols on Thursday, becoming the ninth player on the roster to do so this season.
Jackson had missed Detroit’s previous three games with a lateral sprain in his right ankle, and will now miss additional time.
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The news comes during the same week the Pistons saw their previous eight players in protocols return to action in some capacity. Cade Cunningham, Killian Hayes, Saben Lee, Trey Lyles, Josh Jackson and Rodney McGruder have all rejoined the Pistons during their road trip. Cory Joseph is back in Detroit, working out at their practice facility. The Pistons also had members of the coaching staff test positive.
Stewart and Joseph were Detroit’s final two players of the eight to exit protocols on Tuesday, but Dwane Casey acknowledged before their 140-111 loss to the Charlotte Hornets that the team could continue to deal with positive tests.
“It doesn’t guarantee things don’t come around again,” Casey said. “This virus thing is crazy. Hopefully we’re safe and take care of ourselves. Hopefully we can handle it again.”
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