On Thursday the Utah Jazz were reminded that everything has not returned to normal as Rudy Gay and Simone Fontecchio have entered the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocol and have been ruled out for the Jazz’s Friday road game against the Denver Nuggets.
While the league is not requiring regular COVID-19 testing of vaccinated players during the 2022-23 season, all players and team personnel are required to get tested when exhibiting any symptoms.
Players and personnel are also required to report any symptoms, any positive or inconclusive results of tests not administered by the team or the league, and if anyone in their household tests positive for COVID-19.
The Jazz could be even more shorthanded Friday when they face the Nuggets. Rookie center Walker Kessler, who was not feeling well and did not practice with the Jazz on Thursday, was listed as questionable due to illness on the injury report.
The Jazz’s report also indicates that two-way player Johnny Juzang will not be in Denver as he continues his G League assignment with the SLC Stars, but two-way forward/center Micah Potter appears to have been called up as the Jazz face a possible depletion in the front court.
One piece of good news that came with Thursday’s injury report was that Udoka Azubuike’s name was missing. That means that for the first time since his right ankle surgery last season, Azubuike will be available to suit up for the Jazz.