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Despite going through another full-contact practice Monday, Pistons center Andre Drummond will not return to the lineup for Tuesday's game against Minnesota. The rookie, who has missed the past 21 games with a back injury, said he felt "no pain at all" after Monday's practice, but coach Lawrence Frank denied reports that he would return for the Pistons' next game. "He's not starting, nor playing," Frank said. "He's on course to get back, and we'll just read it. It's very encouraging what you see, but as much as you try to simulate it, practice isn't an NBA game. He's working hard, and it's great to see him back on the court." Drummond hasn't played since Feb. 6, and the Pistons have gone 6-15 without the 19-year-old, first-round pick in the lineup. "Today was another step for me. I felt a lot better and didn't get as tired," he said. "I'm going day by day, and whenever I get the green light is when I'll go." Detroit News

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Detroit Pistons rookie center Andre Drummond participated in team-related activities at Monday's shootaround for the first time since he was sidelined by a back injury. Pistons coach Lawrence Frank, after nearly two weeks away from the team, said Drummond's progress was noticeable and "he got up and down the court a little bit" Monday morning, before a 119-82 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. "I think any time you start to reintegrate a guy with your team, that's a positive thing," Frank said. "I think he's definitely on the right track. Obviously, we've been very conservative with this for very intelligent reasons. I think we'll just continue ... to up his work level every day." Booth Newspapers

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Andre Drummond will be evaluated before Friday's game against the Miami Heat, and a return could be on the horizon as he recovers from his back injury. "What I'll do is talk with Arnie (Kander) and see what he can do," Frank said. "If a guy's healthy you want him to play. Especially a young guy. If he's not healthy you don't do that. We're paid to play. If Andre's healthy enough, he'll be on the court." There are some who feel the Pistons should keep Drummond on the shelf for the rest of the season, but he's attacked his rehab and the Pistons would love to see how he pairs with Greg Monroe and Jose Calderon, so they won't hold him back. "If the doctors give him the heads up and everybody's comfortable with it, we'd love to get him back on the floor," Frank said. Detroit News

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He doesn't get involved in personnel matters but, unsolicited, he went to the front office during the college basketball season and asked the Pistons to take a long hard look at Andre Drummond. "I mean, there's always somebody every year who can help your team," Monroe said. "I'm not sure of everyone who's a (free agent) but there's someone who can help us." Detroit News

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Andre Drummond, the Detroit Pistons' explosive rookie center, could miss four to six weeks with a stress fracture in his back, a league source told Yahoo! Sports on Friday. Drummond, 19, hurt his back attempting to block a shot in Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. "He will be fine," a league source said on Friday. "He needs rest." Yahoo! Sports

Drummond suffered the injury during the Pistons loss to the Lakers on Feb. 3. Drummond attempted to play in games on Monday and Wednesday, but left both games early due to pain. The injury does not require surgery and will get better with rest. “He’ll heal,” Pistons team physican Ben Paolucci said. “He should have no residual, in other words, he’s not going to have anything lasting.” The Oakland Press

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