Gordon Hayward Injury: Updates on Jazz Star's Foot and Return

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Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward had been out of the lineup for multiple games as he dealt with plantar fasciitis. However, he's ready to return.

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Hayward Active vs. Bulls

Saturday, March 19

Jody Genessy of the Deseret News reported Hayward will play Saturday against Chicago.

Hayward Has Developed into Vital Player for Jazz

Hayward has developed into the Jazz's most reliable offensive asset. He has come a long way since serving as a reserve for most of his rookie campaign. And the good news for Utah is that he's just entering the peak seasons of his career.

The 25-year-old forward has been durable since joining the NBA. He's never missed more than 10 regular-season games in a year since the team drafted him with the ninth overall pick in 2010. When he has missed action in recent years, it's been due to various minor ailments.

Hayward will slot into his usual role now that he's back at full strength.