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Reggie Jackson enters next phase of recovery from injured ankle

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The Pistons’ starting point guard is now cleared to run.

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Reggie Jackson is working his way back from his Grade 3 ankle sprain. Per Pistons.com’s Keith Langlois:

Being cleared to run seems like a good first step (no pun intended).

Jackson, of course, injured his ankle the day after Christmas against the Indiana Pacers, and was initially scheduled to be re-evaluated six-to-eight weeks after that time. A little back-of-the-envelope math says this is the ninth week since then, so it’s a little later than initially projected. However, after the abject disaster that was semi-healthy Reggie Jackson last year, it’s understandable that the Pistons are taking his recovery slowly.

Optimistically, the extra reevaluation time puts Reggie close to a return - like this speculation from the Detroit News’ Rod Beard:

Pessimistically, it’s already too late, as nine-plus weeks without their starting point guard has already put the Pistons too far behind in the chase for the No. 8 seed. Your mileage may vary.

Realistically, the Pistons play the Chicago Bulls at home on March 9, then have three straight off days leading into their six-game western road trip. That’s about the time I would start looking for Reggie to return - roughly three weeks from now.

The Pistons are a better team when Reggie Jackson is both playing and fully healthy. Fans should hope that time comes sooner rather than later.