Updates from Friday, March 21
Keith Langlois of Pistons.com has the latest on Drummond's status:
Drummond says he will play tonight— Keith Langlois (@Keith_Langlois) March 21, 2014
Updates from Monday, Mar. 17
Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News updated Andre Drummond's status after leaving Saturday's game against Indiana:
Drummond out for Wednesday's game vs Nuggets. Questionable for Friday against Phoenix #Pistons— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) March 17, 2014
Andre Drummond suffered a head injury against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.
The Detroit Pistons big man took an elbow from Roy Hibbert, per ESPN.com's Daily Dime:
Andre Drummond down, in significant pain. Pistons call timeout. Took an elbow from Hibbert on the top of the head in a loose ball scrum.— Dime Alert (@DimeAlert) March 15, 2014
Drummond was sent back to the locker room, per the Pistons' official Twitter account:
.@AndreDrummondd is up and making his way to the locker room. We'll have more on his status as it becomes available.— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) March 15, 2014
The Pistons provided an update on Drummond:
.@AndreDrummondd will not return to tonight's game. He will undergo further testing on his neck injury.— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) March 16, 2014
Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News added more:
Tests on Drummond's neck came up negative. He's listed as day to day #Pistons— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) March 16, 2014
At first, the injury looked much scarier, as a stretcher was brought out, before Drummond walked off the court with the help of a team trainer, per Candace Buckner of The Indianapolis Star:
A stretcher is being wheeled out to Drummond now.— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) March 15, 2014
Stretcher being removed. Drummond walks off with the help of team trainer. But, at least he's walking. Good sign— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) March 15, 2014
Coming into the game, the second-year forward was fourth on the team in points per game (13.3) and first in rebounds (12.9). He's only one board per game behind NBA leader DeAndre Jordan.
Drummond's performance has been one of the team's lone bright spots this year. Spending huge money on Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings in the offseason hasn't worked at all, but Pistons fans have at least been able to enjoy the progression of their emerging frontcourt star.
With Detroit four games back of the Atlanta Hawks in eighth place, Drummond will need to make a quick return if the team wants to sneak into the postseason.
Head injuries are always so hard to predict, though, so it's anybody's guess as to when Drummond will get back on the court.