The Memphis Grizzlies burst onto the NBA scene last year with a 56-26 record and the No. 2 seed in the Western conference. Memphis lost in the playoffs, with controversy surrounding an injury to Ja Morant but the stage is set for a long window of contention. One of the key players Memphis will need down the stretch is Jaren Jackson Jr. Here’s the latest on the power forward’s injury situation.
Jaren Jackson Jr. injury updates
November 15 update: Jackson Jr. will make his season debut Tuesday. He might have his minutes monitored heavily, but the young star is back on the floor for Memphis.
November 14 update: Jackson Jr. is listed as questionable for Memphis’ November 15 game against the Pelicans and he intends to make his season debut in that contest. The big man might be on a minutes limit but he should be back on the floor Tuesday.
November 12 update: Jackson Jr. is officially listed as doubtful on the team’s injury report for Sunday’s game, which means he’s approaching day-to-day status. The Grizzlies have been solid so far this season without Jackson Jr. in the lineup and should be even better once he returns.
November 4 update: Jackson Jr. has progressed to 3-on-3 workouts. The next step is 5-on-5 workouts, which the teams hopes he can compete in soon. It seems like a December return is most likely for Jackson Jr., who’s original timeline was anywhere from November to January.
Jaren Jackson Jr. is doing 3-on-3 workouts now. The team is still hoping to get him to 5-on-5 during the homestand.— Damichael Cole (@DamichaelC) November 4, 2022
Jackson Jr. was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his foot ahead of the new league year. The estimated recovery period for this injury at the time was 4-6 months, which means Jackson Jr. is slated to miss at least the first month of the 2022-23 season. If we look at the back end of this timeline, that likely means a January return. We’ll see the Grizzlies use Brandon Clarke and Steven Adams in the frontcourt while Jackson Jr. is out.