Derrick Rose to Have Surgery Monday, May Miss Rest of Regular Season

After Derrick Rose went down with a knee injury Friday night against the Portland Trail Blazers, we all feared the worst. Early reports indicated it might have been another torn ACL.

Nov 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) sits on the bench during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the United Center. The Bulls won 96-81. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

But after the MRI, we got relatively good news in that Rose has actually suffered a torn media meniscus in his right knee. It was a crushing blow, but better than hearing he had torn another ACL.

When a player tears a meniscus, there are usually two options. The first is that the meniscus can be surgically removed. The second is that they can repair the meniscus.

In very simple terms, the meniscus’ main job is to provide cushioning for the knee. While it can be removed, doing so can lead to more problems down the line. If it is repairable, that is the preferred option for long term health of the knee. Repairing the meniscus, however, means a longer recovery time.

According to the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson, Rose is set to undergo surgery Monday.

Derrick Rose flew back to Chicago on Sunday and will undergo surgery on the torn medial meniscus in his right knee Monday, coach Tom Thibodeau said.

Johnson also notes that, according to sources, Rose is likely to have the meniscus repaired.

Thibodeau said how long Rose is out won’t be determined until Cole performs the surgery. But two sources close to the process indicated Rose’s camp is leaning toward having Rose’s meniscus reattached. While this is better for Rose’s long-term career, it also means a lengthier rehabilitation process of up to six months.

Six months, as Johnson points out, would mean Rose would miss the rest of the season.

Losing Rose for yet another season would be devastating for a franchise that waited over a year for him to return. But looking on the bright side – which is easy to do as neutral observer – being out six months for a torn meniscus is better than 12 for a torn ACL.

Hopefully the surgery goes well and Rose can get started on making yet another comeback.