Detroit Pistons guard Jodie Meeks is out for "a couple of months" with a stress fracture in his lower back, according to Detroit News writer Vincent Goodwill. Meeks, who was scratched from the Pistons second preseason game last week, had hoped to return to action as early as this week, Goodwill said. An Associated Press report estimated Meeks departure would last "about eight weeks."
A CAT-scan Monday revealed the stress fracture. He had been diagnosed with back spasms last week. Detroit's only other options at shooting guard on its current roster are Josh Bostic and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who underwent testing for a potential injury of his own Monday before eventually being cleared.
Meeks signed a three-year, $19 million deal with the Pistons this July. The perimeter shooting specialist was drafted in 2009 out of Kentucky, and had a breakout season last year with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 27-year-old averaged 33 minutes per game and 15.2 points per game last season for Los Angeles.
- Will Green