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Good news: Amir Johnson practiced with the Pistons on Monday and should be able to play in the preseason finale. From Joanne Gerstner in the Detroit News:

"I feel pretty good. I think I will be able to play the next game," Johnson said, referring to the Pistons' final exhibition game Wednesday against the Wizards at The Palace. "Arnie said for how bad it was, it healed pretty fast." [...]

"I feel pretty good. I think I will be able to play the next game," Johnson said, referring to the Pistons' final exhibition game Wednesday against the Wizards at The Palace. "Arnie said for how bad it was, it healed pretty fast."

Johnson's ankle injury has been a setback to him and the Pistons. Johnson, a third-year player, was looking to secure a spot in the rotation. The Pistons had hoped to use the exhibition season to assess his progress.

Saunders hopes to play Johnson Wednesday, but isn't sure if he will get to see enough of him in one game.

"I'll have to wait and see how he is," Saunders said. "What's fortunate for him is, we have the one game, then six days of practice after that. So, it's almost like another mini-training camp You can't sit on the sidelines and just pick this (Pistons playbook) up."

It'll be interesting to see just how much Johnson plays on Wednesday, as well as what kind of minutes he'll see early in the season. If you remember, Jason Maxiell played in only 10 of the first 19 games last year before earning a regular spot in the rotation. I won't be surprised if Johnson follows a similar path. Johnson said over the summer that Joe Dumars promised him no DNP's this year, but obviously things change when you miss seven out of eight preseason games due to injury.