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

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist

Feb 7, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second quarter of a game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
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Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has been dealing with an ankle injury that has kept him out of the lineup since Nov. 16. However, he is edging toward a return.

Continue for updates.

Latest on Rose's Playing Status

Monday, Nov. 23

Sean Highkin of Bleacher Report reported Rose is "expected to play" against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Latest on Rose's Practice Status

Monday, Nov. 23

Highkin reported Rose was a full participant in today's session.Β 

Rose Comments on Injury

Wednesday, Nov. 18

"It's still sore," Rose said, perΒ K.C. JohnsonΒ of the Chicago Tribune. "I would love to play but really got to pay attention to my body, listen to my body."

Ankle Ailment Latest in Long Line of Injuries For Rose

Unfortunately, Rose has dealt with numerous ailments in recent years, and that's become a bigger story than his on-court production. He missed just six games over his first three seasons in the league. Since then, he's spent more time on the sidelines than in the lineup due to an extensive injury history.

His misfortune continued during the early stages of training camp when he suffered a left orbital fracture, which limited his preseason preparations.

The question now is whether the 27-year-old guard will ever stay healthy enough to showcase his pre-injury form. He was the NBA's Most Valuable Player for the 2010-11 season after averaging 25 points, 7.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds across 81 games.

With Rose out, the Bulls will turn to Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich to run the offense. E'Twaun Moore could also pick up some extra playing time, but he must make a bigger impact than he has in limited duty since the start of last season to earn minutes in the rotation.

The only silver lining for Chicago is that it's gotten used to playing without Rose over the past handful of seasons. That certainly doesn't mean the team will play as well while he's sidelined, though.


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