Bulls' Alex Caruso Placed in NBA's COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

Adam WellsJanuary 5, 2022

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The Chicago Bulls will be without Alex Caruso for at least the next six days. 

Head coach Billy Donovan told reporters Wednesday that Caruso entered the NBA's health and safety protocols. 

The Bulls, like many teams across the NBA, have had issues in recent weeks trying to field a roster.

They had as many as 10 players in the protocols at the same time in mid-December, including DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine and Coby White. Coach Donovan returned to the team Monday after entering the protocols Dec. 24. 

Due Chicago's limited roster availability, the NBA postponed its games against the Detroit Pistons (Dec. 14) and Toronto Raptors (Dec. 16). 

According to CBS Sports' James Herbert, Caruso is the only member of Chicago currently in the protocols. 

Caruso has been a key role player off the bench for the Bulls. He signed a four-year deal in free agency after spending four seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 27-year-old is averaging 8.4 points, 4.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds and an NBA-high 2.0 steals per game in 26 appearances this season.

A foot injury has kept Caruso out of Chicago's past six games. He will be out for a minimum of six days, per the NBA's updated health and safety protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

If Caruso returns as soon as possible, his first game back could be against the Brooklyn Nets on Jan. 12 at United Center. 

The Bulls currently lead the Eastern Conference standings with a 25-10 record. They have won eight straight and 12 of their last 14 games since Nov. 29.