Pistons big man Blake Griffin met the media following a 123-94 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Monday night. Rod Beard, Detroit News
Toronto — Monday marked two months since Reggie Jackson suffered a Grade-3 sprain in his right ankle, in a game against the Indiana Pacers.
Monday also provided an encouraging update from coach Stan Van Gundy on when Jackson might return to practice. Jackson had been ramping up his rehabilitation activities, last week advancing a stage and starting some light running, shooting and ankle-strengthening exercises.
Jackson has continued those workouts and looks to be getting closer to full-contact practices.
“He is progressing. We’re hopeful that those practices before the West Coast trip that we’ll get him back,” Van Gundy said before Monday night's game against the Toronto Raptors. “Anything before that would be an unexpected bonus.”
The six-game western trip begins March 13 against the Utah Jazz, and the Pistons have a two-game homestand against the Raptors on March 7 and the Chicago Bulls on March 9. If Jackson returns in the practices following those games, that would put it around March 10 or 11.
From the original timeline after the injury, Jackson was scheduled to be re-evaluated after six to eight weeks. He’s picked up his non-contact practice routine, doing more dribbling and shooting and even some drills with weights, looking to build his strength ahead of a potential return.
It’s unclear where Jackson is in terms of endurance, but that could be the final step after he begins full-contact drills.