As the Pistons open training camp, there’s still no clarity on when they can expect Brandon Jennings back from the torn Achilles that he suffered in January. A report last week indicated that he’s been fully cleared for basketball activities, but that was later shot down. This week, the Pistons issued an update saying, essentially, that Jennings is getting closer but they still don’t know when he will be ready to play in a game.
Brandon Jennings has been cleared by doctors to continue a steady progression of basketball related rehabilitation activities geared towards a return to the basketball court. That progression will consist of strength work, conditioning and cardiovascular exercises, basketball related activities and finally a return to team practices and full-contact related drills.
No timetable has been established for his return and we will continue to provide updates as appropriate.
Jennings suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon during the January 24 contest at Milwaukee and missed the remainder of last season.
Re-signing Reggie Jackson gives the Pistons a little flexibility to let Jackson take his time coming back from one of the most serious injuries a basketball player can suffer, but they need Jennings back. He blossomed last season after Detroit waived Josh Smith, and the combination of him and Jackson gives the Pistons depth and flexibility at the point guard position, something they’ll need if they hope to compete for a playoff spot. At this point, most reports peg Jackson as possibly being ready to play in December, which all things considered wouldn’t be too bad.