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Rudy Gobert enters NBA's Health and Safety Protocols

The 3-time Kia Defensive Player of the Year joins teammate Joe Ingles in league protocols.

Jazz star Rudy Gobert has entered league protocols.

The first time that Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, the NBA didn’t even have Health and Safety Protocols. It shut down the league instead.

This time, the Utah Jazz center might just miss a few days.

Gobert has tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed Thursday on the virus-related protocols list — something that didn’t even exist when he tested positive for the virus on March 11, 2020, the night that the NBA shut down for more than four months and ultimately decided to finish its season inside a bubble at Walt Disney World in Florida.

He has been ruled out for Utah’s game Friday in Toronto. It is not clear how long he will be sidelined; typically, even with shorter return-to-play rules in place now than what had been the case earlier this season, most players who enter the protocols are out for at least a week.

Gobert did not play in Utah’s win at Denver on Wednesday night, with the team citing illness as the reason. The Jazz said Gobert took two rapid tests that day, both of which came back negative.

But a PCR test, processed overnight, came back Thursday with Gobert positive for the virus again, the team said.