Some Bulls injury updates as they had their final two practices before their season begins Wednesday night.
In the preseason, many Bulls missed most or all the contests due to either defined injury/illness or the more nebulous ‘protocols’ that the Bulls are not disclosing when they occur.
A latter example surrounded Tomas Satoransky:
Tomas Satoransky returned to #Bulls practice today after more than a week in NBA protocol. He had to follow NBA protocol because he had been in close contact with Noah Vonleh, who tested positive.— Cody Westerlund (@CodyWesterlund) December 22, 2020
Sato doesn’t expect to play a big role tomorrow but is ready to jump into action.
Satoransky, who played in only one of the Bulls preseason games, is fairly critical as one of the few who can even somewhat play point guard, or as a backup wing given his 6’7” frame. His unavailability so far has led to truly scary stuff like a Ryan Arcidiacono puff piece, something we shouldn’t be seeing until, like April.
Now to the other end of the roster logjam spectrum, as Thad Young has also missed the entire preseason but his minutes are tougher to carve out given how promising Patrick Williams has looked. Young had what was disclosed as a ‘lower leg infection’ but on Monday was further clarified to be MRSA, which is pretty serious. He hasn’t ruled out for the opener yet, but given that there hasn’t even been a full return to practice for him it looks very unlikely.
But beyond Young it appears everyone else is available: also now back with the Bulls and practicing this week were Garrett Temple and two-way players Adam Mokoka and Devon Dotson. Denzel Valentine told reporters he is available to play in the opener, though it’s not clear if anyone was was actually asking.