Knicks Rumors: New Signing Ronnie Brewer to Miss 6 Weeks with Injury

Ciaran GowanContributor IIISeptember 7, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25:  Ronnie Brewer #11 of the Chicago Bulls celebrates defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 88-87 at Staples Center on December 25, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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Following the great vibe around the franchise yesterday with the release of their new uniforms, the New York Knicks received some bad news today regarding new signing Ronnie Brewer.

The former Chicago Bull reportedly suffered a meniscus tear in his left knee recently, and after surgery will be out for six weeks, according to a tweet from Howard Beck of the New York Times.

Considering that Brewer himself was brought to New York to cover for the injured Iman Shumpert, this is terrible news for the Knicks, as they lose a player who would likely have started for them until January.

All is not lost for Brewer, though, as opening day doesn't come for another eight weeks, meaning that he could be back in time if the reported time scale is correct.

That said, knee injuries are not to be taken lightly, especially for basketball players, so keeping Brewer out of action until it's completely safe to play him—even if that means missing opening day—could be in the Knicks' plans.

At the very least, a huge chunk of the preseason will be missed by Brewer, which could leave him struggling to catch up and build chemistry once he finally gets back on the court.

The best-case scenario would have Brewer back with a few preseason games to spare, but this injury could still lead the Knicks to make another signing just to shore up their depth on the wing.

Rumors of a possible move for former All-Star Josh Howard have come to fore recently, and we may see an advancement in negotiations there if the Knicks feel they need an extra swingman.

Howard is perfectly capable of playing the 2, and he would be a fine player to start for a few games if need be.

Thankfully, the situation could be a lot worse than it is for Brewer and the Knicks, and if all goes well, this shouldn't have much of an impact on the season. But don't be the surprised if this triggers Glen Grunwald's 10th new signing of the offseason.