Derrick Rose Injury: MRI Confirms No Structural Damage In Back

The Chicago Bulls still aren't sure when Derrick Rose will return to the lineup, but they did receive good news on Monday when an MRI confirmed that he's merely suffering from lower back spasms and has not suffered any structural damage. From the Chicago Tribune:

"When we all feel he feels well enough to play, he'll be back out there," general manager Gar Forman said. "He could respond overnight. It could be a couple days. When it's muscular, you don't know. But this is positive."

[...] "Derrick is a competitor and always wants to play," Forman said. "We'll be smart about this, but there's a difference between whether a player is hurting and injured. If a guy is hurting, obviously they have to make a determination on how much they feel they can do. If a player is injured and could do greater harm, we're not ever going to put him out there."

Rose has missed the last two games, but the ailment contributed to his scoring a combined 10 points in the two games prior, when he played just 11 minutes on Feb. 6 against the Nets and 22 minutes on Feb. 8 against the Hornets.

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