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Projecting recovery time for Derrick Rose after meniscus surgery

Nov 23, 2013, 6:19 PM EDT

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According to multiple reports, Derrick Rose has torn the meniscus in his non-surgically repaired knee. He will require surgery and is currently listed as being out indefinitely.

Out indefinitely, of course, can mean a lot of different things. Marc Gasol was listed with that designation last year after an abdominal tear, and he came back after just two games.

So how much time will Rose actually miss? Obviously, the Bulls would be wise to play it plenty safe after surviving this scare, and truth be told, there shouldn’t be a crunch to rush Rose back to action. The Bulls are good enough to be a playoff team fairly easily, with or without their star point guard.

The severity of the meniscus tear matters a great deal when considering recovery times, and it isn’t uncommon for surgeons to make the decision on how much of the meniscus to repair or remove until once they are actually in the knee and can see the damage.

Point being, we’ll know more once Rose’s surgery is actually performed.

Here’s some good news, though:

What we can do in the meantime, though, is look at the recovery time for other athletes who have suffered meniscus injuries. Again, I can’t stress enough that every player is different, and every recovery process varies. Metta World Peace recovered from meniscus surgery in just 12 days. Other players have taken two months. These are just to provide context.

In the past, most teams have listed players out with a meniscus injury as being sidelined for “at least six weeks.” That was the time frame for Jeremy Lin back in 2012 and World Peace in 2013.

In 2011, Leon Powe suffered a torn meniscus and was slated to miss six weeks. He returned to play in seven weeks.

Tyrus Thomas suffered the same injury that year and was listed as being out for up to eight weeks. He returned early and was back on the floor in seven weeks.

It should be noted that Rose is a guard who replies on explosiveness and change of direction much more than a big man or post player would, which could lengthen a full recovery.

While the Bulls will almost certainly stick with the “out indefinitely” designation, particularly given Rose’s unique situation of recovering from an ACL tear, Rose’s recovery can probably be estimated at somewhere between 6-10 weeks. That’s based solely on what we’ve seen from other players who have suffered a similar injury, and again, we’ll know more once the actual surgery takes place.

  1. svupper - Nov 23, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Im crossing my fingers for at Metta World Peace recovery! But i seriously doubt it :/

    • beavertonsteve - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:55 AM

      I think Metta rushed back figuring the season was going to be over soon anyway. Rose has got a lot more at stake. I’m guessing he’ll be closer to the normal time frame.

      • quakerinsincity - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:07 AM

        Yea actually the faster the recovery time the worse the situation is. If it is on the inside of the knee or a bad tear they just cut it out completely which leads to bone on bone. For a reference point Brandon Toy had it cut out completely and it took him 6 to 8 weeks. If it is on the outside of the knee and not bad they stitch it back together and let it heal for about six months like with Westbrook. As sad as it is to say Bulls fans you should be rooting he miss most of the regular season and playoffs.

  2. mimaiheatdynasty - Nov 23, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Get well Drose. This guy plays like a reincarnation of Allen Iverson. The league needs him.

  3. antistratfordian - Nov 23, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    I think the most significant issue is not about the typical recovery time that his doctor might outline, etc. The severity, surgery and recovery takes a backseat to how a 2nd knee injury will affect Rose’s psyche.

    It may be the lesser of his two knee injuries but the psychological impact of this one could be the most disruptive.

  4. jhuck92 - Nov 23, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    It’s been barely 2 months and they’re already making a sequel I’m not lookig forward to — The Return Part 2: The Other Knee. It’s heartbreaking to see so much potential being hobbled by injuries, and even worse if you’re a Bulls fan. But thank God it wasn’t another ACL tear.

    Everyone at PHT, prepare yourselves for another season of trademark Derrick Rose “non-update” updates… especially you, Kurt.

  5. otter954 - Nov 23, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    6-10 weeks means 6-10 months for Rose.

  6. rickyspanish - Nov 23, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Westbrook looks pretty good after his meniscus surgery. If I were a Bulls fan I wouldn’t be too worried. I was looking forward to full year of Rose highlights. That guy can jump!

  7. sportswarp - Nov 23, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Plan on writing about this on our blog this evening, just in shock that misfortune has struck Rose twice in such a short span of time. Aside from the physical aspect, I’m sure this will hurt Rose mentally.

  8. elwaysagenius - Nov 23, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    See you next October, rose

  9. spyder9669 - Nov 23, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Who cares? This guy is Percy Harvin. Gives you a nice half season on average every year and then is on the shelf. Then on top of it he he doesn’t have the heart to push to get back. The Bulls are just fine without him and honestly i’m sick of hearing about the guy.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Nov 23, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      Every player is different. Look at the 2 most high profile ACL tears in the NFL. You have Robert Griffin who tore his knee back in January and all you hear is “all in for week one.” He clearly isn’t himself yet. Then you have Adrian Peterson who tears his knee on Christmas Eve 2011, and comes up 8 yards shy on the tying the NFL single season rushing record the next year.

    • bkallday52 - Nov 23, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      you sound like an complete idiot. dis guy has steadily improved from his rookie season… he was an mvp on a team who won 60 games . & They never won 60 games again after his mvp season due to his absence because of his acl injury. the bulls are nothing more den a first/second round team at most without derrick rose . dont be idiotic

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Nov 24, 2013 at 12:02 AM


        You may want to go back 7th grade English class…

  10. nfceastisbeast - Nov 23, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Way to tip toe around the truth. We all know he will milk this out as long as possible.

  11. abxyer - Nov 23, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    I called it a while back…..Wont be long until he is out again and there he is in crutches again.
    Bulls fans put too much trust on this guy…..he is way too fragile.

  12. iamhoraceknight - Nov 23, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Did I miss the part of the article where Russell Westbrook was used as a comparison, since he’s a PG as well and plays a similar game AND he also tore a meniscus?

  13. bullsrgreat1 - Nov 23, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    two things i ve noticed people have failed to bring up in the past two days about this injury

    1. If you saw the play, it was a freak accident that he slipped. People keep saying he’s fragile, he’s a wimp, etc. It wasn’t like he did it on purpose, Noah made a bad pass he tried to get the ball slipped and planted foot wrong. What can you do to prevent that?

    2. Most important point, this was the first back to back for him. Perhaps he wasn’t ready to handle a back to back because of the length of absence. So this might have happened in the near future in another set of back to back games. I’m surprised though with all management did to prevent this guy from playing soon after medical clearance, yet they let him do back to backs right away?

    All that considering, hope he comes back this season. If not Bulls management owes the fans to at least start over again for next season and try to build of Rose and potential star from the draft or big trade for a star.

  14. detlefschrempfriedrice - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    would have to imagine that tearing your meniscus a 19 months after tearing your ACL is different than just tearing your meniscus, can’t use Russ’s timetable on DRose, Bulls finna baby his return even more than last time

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 24, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      I have a hard time imagining a more annoying word than finna. Because slang like “gonna” isn’t enough- you have to use slang for slang.

  15. harshedmellow - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    He’may be cursed. Rich & cursed.

  16. belleby123 - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Well, we’re talking about physical recovery time here. Last year we were told Derrick had to be ready “mentally” to come back so I would say the minimum will be at least triple whatever the doctors say.

  17. snipedanglecelly13 - Nov 24, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    His leg muscles are made of paper, he ll sit out another 11 months till hes “fully healthy”

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