Joe Ingles Becomes First Jazz Player To Join The COVID Protocol This Season


(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz guard Joe Ingles (2) as the Utah Jazz team host the NBA basketball tournament, the Boston Celtics in Salt Lake City on Friday, December 3, 2021.

Jazz forward Joe Ingles has joined the NBA’s COVID health and safety protocols, ensuring that he will be out for at least five days, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Ingles was the first on the Jazz to join the protocol, breaking a significant health streak for Utah. As of Tuesday, the Jazz were the only team from the league with no COVID-related absences. Meanwhile, 15 of the league’s 30 teams employed at least 20 players, by Marc Stein.

With Ingles placed on the inactive list, coupled with Udoka Azubuike’s severe ankle sprain, the Jazz have only 13 players available for tomorrow’s game against Denver. And that is if Hassan Whiteside (concussion) and Eric Paschall (personal reasons) can play – both late scratches in the Jazz’s game against New Orleans on Monday.

If the teams have less than 13 players, the teams must sign either a 10-day hardcore player or players to fill the void. Players who work hard are not subject to salary caps or luxury taxes.

Ingles missed the Jazz’s December 31 game against Minnesota due to a strain in his back, the only other appearance on his inactive roster of the season. The Australian is averaging 7.6 points and 3.6 assists per game in 25.2 minutes in the ring for the Jazz. Joe Ingles Becomes First Jazz Player To Join The COVID Protocol This Season

Beth Allcock

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