Those strong seven minutes of play from Jonas Jerebko last night were all we’ll be seeing of him for perhaps as long as five months: what was originally called a strained Achilles tendon is actually a torn Achilles tendon, per multiple Pistons sources. And the weirdest part is, on the play that Jerebko left the game, he appeared to be going to the locker room with an elbow injury.
I don’t have much to say. This is obviously devastating. Jerebko is one of the few new addition Pistons who actually embodies the hard-nosed, physical, “dog” style that the Pistons have always played. He’s also a versatile athlete and defender who was a good bet to take another step forward this season, heading into camp as the presumed starter.
As for the power forward position, I assume this means Charlie Villanueva will get his chance to start, or possibly Greg Monroe. It also means the Pistons are going to need some quality minutes out of a person like Chris Wilcox or Ike Diogu, which is a scary proposition to say the least.