Bulls' Alex Caruso enters COVID-19 health and safety protocols

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Alex Caruso enters COVID-19 health and safety protocols originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Alex Caruso has entered the NBA's health and safety protocols, Chicago Bulls head coach Billy Donovan told reporters after the team's Wednesday practice.

"I don’t know how long that will last, but he was unable to participate today," Donovan said. "It happened this morning (Wednesday) with all of our testing that the guys have to do. He’ll continue to test to get a little more accurate number of where his counts are and where he’s at right now. But he’ll have to stay there until we find out more."

Caruso has missed the Bulls' last six games with a left foot sprain, but was nearing a return before Wednesday's news. Donovan told reporters before Monday's 102-98 win over the Magic that Caruso needed only to face live contact before being cleared to play — and said Wednesday he was on track to return to practice, and doing "really, really well" in rehab, before entering protocols.

Now, that return will be pushed back. Caruso will remain in protocols for six days, or until he can produce two negative PCR tests within a 24-hour span.

Caruso is the 15th Bulls player to enter protocols this season (18 including Ersan Ilyasova and Stanley Johnson, whose 10-day contracts have expired, and Alize Johnson, who was waived in December). Two Bulls coaches have also entered: Donovan and assistant Josh Longstaff.

Patrick Williams, Tyler Cook, and 10-day signees Mac McClung and Jordan Bell are the only players left on the team that have not entered protocols this season. The Bulls just returned Lonzo Ball and Alfonzo McKinnie to game action on Monday, and welcomed Tony Bradley and Marko Simonović back to practice this week.

NBC Sports Chicago's K.C. Johnson contributed

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