Andre Drummond Injury: Updates on Pistons Center's Back

Mike HoagCorrespondent IIFebruary 4, 2013

Andre Drummond has missed a few weeks with a back injury, but is progressing well.


UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 25, at 12:38 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Great news for Pistons fans as Andre Drummond (back) is rehabbing well and could return to action as soon as next week, according to Detroit Free Press' Perry A. Farrell

The news also was good concerning Drummond, who suffered a stress fracture in the fifth lumbar vertebra in his back. The team designed a brace, and Paolucci said he has progressed to the point where he could be ready to hit the court within a week or so.

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The Detroit Pistons rookie center will not play Friday night and against the San Antonio Spurs due to what was originally reported as back spasms.

Yahoo! Sports insider Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news on Feb. 8 (via Twitter):

Detroit rookie center Andre Drummond will be sidelined for "a few weeks" with a bruised back, league source tells Y! Sports.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 8, 2013


UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 8, at 6:48 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke 

Andre Drummond will miss the next month and a half with a stress fracture in one of his vertebra according to's David Mayo (via Twitter):

Drummond out 4-6 weeks with stress fracture of fifth lumbar vertebra. No surgery.#Pistons

— David Mayo (@David_Mayo) February 8, 2013

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UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 8, at 6:16 p.m. ET by Mike Hoag

Drummond has missed time this week due to back spasms and will not play Friday night as a result. He left the team's last two contests.'s Keith Langlois said Pistons coach Lawrence Frank will issue a statement about his condition sometime tonight (via Twitter):

No Drummond tonight. LFrank says an announcement on his status coming tonight.

— Keith Langlois (@Keith_Langlois) February 8, 2013

That announcement could be linked to Wojnarowski's reporting, but we'll have to wait for an official word from the team.

Detroit showed signs of life before and after the New Year but has been struggling as of late with their big man in pain. The Pistons have dropped their last three and would have definitely liked to have had Drummond on the court against the first-place Spurs.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 8:35 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Andre Drummond's back has not healed quickly, and it will keep him out of the rest of the Detroit Pistons' game against the Brooklyn Nets.'s Keith Langlois reported the news via Twitter after Drummond logged just five minutes:

Sore back for Drummond. He will not return tonight.

— Keith Langlois (@Keith_Langlois) February 7, 2013

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Andre Drummond left the Detroit Pistons’ Feb. 4 loss to the New York Knicks after experiencing soreness in his back and did not return, according to editor Keith Langlois (via Twitter):

Andre Drummond has a sore back, I'm told, and will not return tonight.

— Keith Langlois (@Keith_Langlois) February 5, 2013


His future status is up in the air, but he did have similar problems during Summer League basketball, forcing him to miss some time.

Drummond, a 6’10” rookie center from Connecticut, is averaging 7.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 20 minutes per game off of the bench for Detroit. He also has a 22.76 player efficiency rating and would certainly benefit from extended playing time with the Pistons.

Free throws have been the bane of his existence, as he is recently shooting just 17.8 percent from the penalty stripe. That's due to him connecting on just five of his last 28 attempts.

Prior to his exit against the Knicks, the big man wasn’t in top form; he was just 1-of-6 from the field (two points) with five rebounds and one block in eight minutes of action.

Recently, things were looking up for Drummond after he exploded in an 18-point, 18-rebound performance in the Pistons'' 117-90 loss to Milwaukee on Jan. 29. However, he’s not known for his scoring and does most of that around the rim and off of the offensive boards.

Drummond is best utilized as a paint defender because of his size and lacking scoring acumen.

He likely won't be sidelined for long, as he was seen sitting on the bench in the fourth quarter and didn’t appear to be in much pain. If it had been serious, he likely would have been brought back to the locker room for evaluation and testing.

Rotoworld thinks, unofficially, that he is questionable for Detroit’s Wednesday night matchup against Brooklyn.

We’ll keep you updated as information on Drummond’s back injury becomes available.