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Derrick Rose Injury: Updates on Bulls Star's Knee and Return

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose looks on against the New Orleans Pelicans during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Chicago. The Bulls won 98-94. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 12, 2016

Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose once again finds himself among the team's injury concerns after suffering a strained patellar tendon during Tuesday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks. It's unclear when he'll return to the court.

Continue for updates.


Rose Out vs. 76ers

Thursday, Jan. 14

Rose said he isn't playing in Thursday's game, according to Nick Friedell of ESPN. However, when asked if he plans to play Friday, Rose said "for sure," per Friedell


Injury Concerns Continue to Impact Rose's Role in Chicago

Rose played 22 minutes and scored nine points Tuesday before he was ruled out for the game.

Rose, who notably has a broad injury history, has dealt with a few different ailments during the current campaign. Most recently, he dealt with right hamstring tendinitis that forced him to miss a handful of games.

The biggest concern for the Bulls is the fact that injuries are seemingly taking a collective toll. The point guard, who captured the league's MVP award during the 2010-11 season, has rarely showcased that top-tier form this year because of a lack of efficiency.

Chicago is used to playing without Rose, which limits the impact of the injury to an extent, but it's still a void the Bulls must fill if he is forced to miss more time. Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich figure to share the extra minutes leading the offense, while Jimmy Butler will maintain his spot as the go-to scorer.

At 27, there's still time for Rose to shake off his injury woes and start rebuilding the foundation that made him one of the game's best players for a couple of years. Unfortunately, whether he'll be able to do that is very much up in the air at this stage.

 

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