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Meeks scored 20 points (5-10 FG, 3-5 3P, 7-7 FT) with four assists and two steals in 30 minutes off the bench Monday.

In just his third game of the season, Meeks finally looked like the player the Pistons thought they signed this offseason. He badly outplayed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in this one, and it may not be long before Meeks bumps KCP out of the starting lineup.

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Meeks (back) played in his first game of the season Friday, scoring 12 points (4-10 FG, 4-4 FT) in 22 minutes off the bench.

Meeks had been out for eight weeks with a stress reaction in his back, but was second on the Pistons in bench minutes in a win over the Suns. The shooting guard didn't do much else to fill up the box score outside of his scoring, but will likely play a decent role off the bench for the struggling Pistons, who just broke a 13-game losing streak.

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Meeks (back) will play Friday against the Suns.

Coach Stan Van Gundy said he has "no expectations" for Meeks, but he'll "run him out there" as the Pistons take on the Suns. The Kentucky product, one of the better catch-and-shoot guards in the league, is yet to play this season due to a stress reaction in his lower back. He signed on with Detroit as a free agent this summer. While Meeks is worth a look in most leagues, it may be worth waiting to see how he's used once healthy, as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope may hold onto the starting designation.

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Meeks (back) went through a full practice Wednesday and hopes to make his debut Friday against Phoenix.

Coach Stan Van Gundy said Meeks looked better than expected during the session, so barring a setback, he should return to the lineup Friday. If that's not the case, Saturday against Sacramento will be his next opportunity. Meeks, who is yet to play this season, shot 40.1 percent from three-point range on more than five attempts per game for the Lakers last season.

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Meeks (back) could return as soon as Friday against the SunsKeith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.

Meeks, who has been out for more than eight weeks with a stress reaction in his lower-back, is nearing a return, and that could come Friday in Phoenix, provided he practices Wednesday and Thursday. If Meeks does not play Friday, he could take the court Saturday in Sacramento or Monday against the Clippers. The veteran will likely come off the bench but could challenge Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for the starting shooting guard designation once he works his way into game shape.

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Meeks (back) hopes to be cleared next week, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.

Monday marks the eight-week mark for Meeks, who's recovering from a lower-back stress reaction suffered during the preseason. He's been increasing his activity levels of late and hopes to be cleared to practice next week. Once he's able to take that next step, the guard said he anticipates returning to game action in short order. "A few practices and I'll be ready," Meeks said. The forward-heavy Pistons are desperate for shooting, so the Kentucky product should be an immediate source for three-pointers, assuming he carves out a significant minutes load at shooting guard alongside Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

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Meeks (back) has picked up the intensity of his workouts recently, but a firm timetable for his return has not been updated, the Pistons' official site reports.

Meeks has a stress reaction in his lower back that was discovered in the second week of October. According to his initial timeline, Meeks should be out until mid-December, but there have been no updates on that timetable for his return. The Pistons are reeling and need shooting, so whenever Meeks returns, he'll be a player to watch in case he gets enough minutes to be of use for scoring and three-pointers in 12-team leagues or deeper.

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Meeks, who is now three weeks into his recovery from a lower-back injury, is expected to begin his physical rehabilitation soon, Mlive.com reports.

Meeks is currently projected to be sidelined until mid-December. Once his physical rehabilitation is in full-throttle, we should have a more concrete timetable for his return.

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Meeks (back) had a stress reaction in his lower back and will likely be sidelined for a few months.

This is obviously a significant blow to the Pistons, who brought Meeks in as a free agent this offseason. He'll likely be out until late-December or early-January, opening the door for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to grab a firm hold on the starting shooting guard job once he returns from a knee sprain. Meeks' absence could also mean increased minutes for Kyle Singler and veteran Caron butler.

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Meeks (back) did not practice Saturday, MLive.com reports.

A bout of back spasms kept Meeks from Thursday's exhibition as well as Friday's practice, and it seems his discomfort is still lingering. His chances of playing in Sunday's preseason game against the Wizards seem minimal.