Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond suffered a concussion in Saturday night’s 88-85 loss to the Utah Jazz, and there’s no timetable for the youngster to return to the court, according to David Mayo of MLive.com.
Drummond suffered the injury in the first quarter of the game, and although he briefly returned, he didn’t play in the second half and underwent the NBA’s concussion protocol in the locker room.
Before Drummond can return to the court, he has to follow the league’s “return-to-participation” protocol:
NBA players undergo baseline testing each season. Once a player is diagnosed, he is withheld from all activity until “he is symptom-free at rest and until he has no appreciable difference from his baseline neurological exam and his baseline score on the computerized cognitive assessment test,” according to league protocol.
Return-to-participation protocol starts with a stationary bike, then jogging, agility work, and non-contact team drills.
If a player is not symptom-free after any of those steps, he stops and returns to the last step he successfully completed without demonstrating any ongoing symptoms.
This is another blow to a Pistons squad that has lost 10 straight games. Prior to the Achilles injury to Brandon Jennings, Detroit was making a charge up the standings after the release of Josh Smith. D.J. Augustin played well as the starter, but Augustin was shipped out in the deal that brought Reggie Jackson to Detroit. That trade hasn’t worked out, as the Pistons are just 2-10 since the deal.
Drummond, like the rest of the team, got off to a tough start this season, but he has bounced back and is averaging 13.0 points and 13.2 rebounds on the year. It’s worth noting, though, that his 50.3 percent shooting from the field is well below his marks from his first two seasons, when he shot over 60 percent.