Jeremy Lin is scheduled to have surgery on his knee this week to repair a torn meniscus, an injury that was originally projected by the team to take him off the active roster for about six weeks. That timetable could be shortened, however, once the doctors begin surgery and find out the extent of the tear.
Lin was originally projected to have to sit out at least the remainder of the regular season, but the New York Post's Marc Berman found a doctor that says Lin might be able to return in as soon as two weeks if everything goes well during surgery.
Dr. Wellington Hsu, an orthopedic surgeon/assistant professor at Northwestern, said professional athletes could return from torn meniscus surgery in two-to-four weeks. However, because Lin's is a "chronic" tear, by definition some arthritis exists in Lin's knee, according to Dr. Hsu, who has not treated the Knicks point guard.
"If they don't see anything else wrong in surgery, just see the tear, typically you can get back in the NFL in two to four weeks and I've seen NBA players get back within that period," Hsu told The Post. "That's assuming there are no surprises."
There's no telling how optimistic Dr. Hsu is being, but it'd definitely benefit the Knicks if Lin is able to return sooner than anticipated as New York tries to hold off the Milwaukee Bucks for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.