Auburn Hills, MI – Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond is expected to miss four to six weeks after sustaining a stress fracture of the fifth lumbar vertebra in his back.
The ninth overall pick in this past year's NBA Draft originally injured his back in a Feb. 4 contest against the Knicks, but did further damage to it two days later against the Brooklyn Nets.
According to team officials, Drummond has been placed in a customary brace and his activity levels will be modified as his injury heals. He is expected to make a full recovery.
The 19-year-old was off to a promising start in his NBA career. In 50 contests, Drummond has recorded averages of 7.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 19.7 minutes per game off the bench for Detroit.