Derrick Rose is set to undergo surgery on Wednesday. Rose sustained a left orbital fracture after being elbowed in the face during Tuesday’s practice session. A timetable announcing Rose’s future steps including his return will be released after the surgery.
The Chicago Bulls guard was taken to to Rush University Medical Center. After consultation with several specialists it was announced that he needs to undergo surgical procedures.
“I didn’t really see the play to tell you the truth,” Jimmy Butler said. “I know he went baseline drift, probably made a pretty athletic play. Hit the corner and then all I saw was him go down.”
Jeff Stotts, renowned athletic trainer who maintains a detailed database of injuries of NBA stars, wrote that a player undergoing facial surgery could miss up to 5 to 12 games depending on certain factors.
“Hopefully it’ll be fine,” said Taj Gibson. “He’s tough. But it was just one of those plays in practice where everybody’s going hard.”
Regardless of the time-phase required for his return, it’s a setback for the Chicago Bulls. Also for their coach Fred Hoiberg and Rose himself, as both struggled with injury concerns throughout last season.