Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tests positive for COVID for second time, joins NBA health and safety protocols


Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert (27) speaks to Rudy Gay during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Monday, December 27, 2021, in San Antonio. (AP Photo / Darren Abate)

No one can blame Utah Jazz fans for the déjà vu feeling.

But here it is again: Rudy Gobert has tested positive for coronavirus – which is no longer so novel – and will be inactive for at least the next five days as he joins the NBA’s health and safety protocols . Gobert joins teammate Joe Ingles in the protocols.

Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive for coronavirus on March 11, 2020, and his positive test result resulted in the immediate suspension of the NBA season. The next day, teammate Donovan Mitchell also tested positive.

Gobert and Ingles are part of a lengthy Jazz injury report that will see the team’s best players miss the game against the Toronto Raptors. Donovan Mitchell is sidelined with a back strain that has reduced his mobility in recent days, while Bojan Bogdanovic is sidelined with a sprained left middle finger after scoring 36 points against Denver. Mike Conley was sitting in the game, as he was frequently at one end of the rear, due to his knee injury.

Meanwhile, Royce O’Neale (right Achilles tendonitis), Hassan Whiteside (concussion protocol), Jordan Clarkson (lower back pain), and Rudy Gay (right heel injury recovery) are listed as questionable for the match.

New signing Danuel House is on the team’s flight to Toronto, and with so many entries in the Jazz’s injury report, is expected to play an important role in the game.

This story will be updated. Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tests positive for COVID for second time, joins NBA health and safety protocols

Beth Allcock

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