Rudy Gobert enters NBA health and safety protocols and Jazz injury report grows

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, right, goes past Charlotte Hornets forward Jalen McDaniel.

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, right, goes past Charlotte Hornets forward Jalen McDaniels during an NBA game at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. Gobert has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols. | Shafkat Anowar, Deseret News

The Jazz will be without at least four of their starting five when they face the Raptors Friday in Toronto.

TORONTO — Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert entered the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols Thursday, becoming the team’s second player to test positive for the coronavirus this season.

Joe Ingles became the Jazz’s first player of the season to get put on the health and safety protocol list on Tuesday after returning a positive test.

Gobert missed Wednesday’s game against the Denver Nuggets after exhibiting symptoms, including a fever, but was listed as out due to a non-COVID-19 related illness after two rapid antigen COVID-19 tests came back negative. Gobert then returned a positive test after the team underwent PCR testing — which is required to cross the Canadian border — ahead of Utah’s Friday contest against the Toronto Raptors.

In addition to being without Gobert and Ingles, the Jazz will have even more of a skeleton crew on Friday with three other starters listed as out due to injury and rest.

Donovan Mitchell (lower back strain), Mike Conley (right knee injury recovery) and Bojan Bogdanovic (left middle finger sprain) will not play against the Raptors.

Hassan Whiteside, who has missed three games with a concussion, remains questionable to play. Royce O’Neale (right patellar tendonitis), Jordan Clarkson (back tightness), and Rudy Gay (right heel injury recovery) are also listed as questionable on the Jazz’s latest injury report.

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