Dec 15, 2012; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (1) warms up before the game against the Indiana Pacers at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Pistons’ Andre Dummond out for a month due to back injury


The Pistons are back in news again but all for the wrong reasons. Pistons’ rookie, Andre Drummond is out for at-least 4-6 weeks as he suffers from a stressed fracture in his back.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the 19-year-old center went up to block a shot against the Los Angeles Lakers, in which the Detroit Pistons lost.

However, according to Perry A. Farrell of USA TODAY SportsDrummond’s stress fracture is of the fifth lumbar vertebra in his back. Team doctor, Ben Paolucci said it will just be a minor setback and said that Drummond might have another small injury on the other side of his back.

“We found the fracture yesterday (Thursday),” Paolucci said. “He should get better and heal, and he should have no residuals. He’s not going to have anything lasting. It’s not an uncommon injury. He doesn’t have a disc (problem). He’s got some discomfort now, so he as a custom brace. We’ve already fitted it for him. Once he gets where he’s a systematic and he doesn’t have any pain we’ll be able to start some exercising program.”

The news isn’t entirely bad because unlike most back injuries which require surgery than rehabilitation, Drummond just needs careful rest for his back to heal. After that, hopefully he’ll be healthy enough to step on the court again.

Drummond, the ninth overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, is averaging 7.3 points per game, 3.1 blocks per game and 7.5 rebounds per game.

Also, with the NBA All-Star Weekend right around the corner, Andre Drummond, selected to participate in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, selected by Shaquille O’Neal on Team Shaq, will have to unfortunately sit out of the game composed of the NBA’s most elite rookies and sophomores.

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