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Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  17 responses

Derrick Rose Fears Toe Injury Will Linger All Season


As expected, Derrick Rose returned to action last night, and led the Chicago Bulls to victory over the New Jersey Nets. The reigning MVP, however, thinks his turf toe injury will be a season-long problem. From CSN: “Rose acknowledged that his toe injury will likely linger throughout the remainder of the season, but is committed to gutting it out, though he knows his teammates are capable of picking up his slack if he’s out of the lineup. ‘I know that it’s never going to be right this year, but it’s just something I’ve just got to play through,’ he said. ‘It’s my decision. If I choose to go out there and play, it’s up to me. It’s been hard, man, especially knowing that I want to be out there playing. We’re winning — that’s a good thing — but just missing the action, it’s kind of tough,’ Rose continued. ‘It’s a blessing, man. It shows that we really put in the work. When guys are out, other guys are coming in, playing just as well as the people that’s starting, so it shows a lot about the coaching staff, that they’re doing their job, and the players are coming in and doing theirs.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    The Bulls are good enough to win some games with out him…let him sit for a week or two to heal up. It’d be better to lose a couple reg season games than to have him unhealthy in the playoffs.

  • stlheatmaniac

    rose finna play thru the pain till he injures himself even worse trying to b a soldier. i expect him to b in all kinds of pain by the playoffs cause people love to hack him on top of his injuries that he already has. i think they are more playing for the regular season than a championship run

  • JR

    I like DRose. If those quotes are his, word for word, dude has not only improved himself greatly on the court, but also off the court. Hopefully he can find a balance that allows him to get the necessary rest and recovery while also helping his team win. Why not rest him during a few games against the bottom feeders of the league?

  • http://www.nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    Has everyone just forgotten he played with turf toe most if not all of last season as well?
    This is nothing new to him, and he said back then he knew it was probably something he was going to be stuck with for a while.

  • bull22

    the bulls are handling their business better then last year in managing their minutes. all this about playing for the regular season is a laugher..
    bulls just need to continue to get better and continue their ball movement and they will be very hard to beat.

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    I just dont hear to many ballers getting turf toe unsual, injury.

  • 23

    kobe=knee, wade= ankle, lebron=ankle, rondo=ankle, rose=toe, cp3=ankle, ginobili=hand, curry=weight, tmac=everything. so yeah what was the point of the article??? i think every dude in the league has some type of injury or setback they are playing through all season long. maybe theyre just trying to make rose look like a hero

  • Mo

    Those ankle injuries will heal in time. You can’t compare an ankle injury to turf toe in my opinion. Those ankle injuries won’t be a factor come playoff time. Rose’s toe seems like it will be.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    @ 23 – don’t forget Andre Blatche=stupidity

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Does Turf Toe ever go away?

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Why not sit him out for an extended period? The bulls have been crushing opponents, albeit sub .500 teams, without him.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Does it ever go away?

  • bike

    If he really has turf toe then it would be impossible for him to play basketball at all–unless he is getting shot up with some serious painkillers. There is no way to tape or brace the big toe to support the joint while playing and the only cure is probably one to two months of rest.

  • stlheatmaniac

    agree with bike. turf toe is brutal and it just gets worse and worse if u dont rest. if he hasnt allowed the proper healing over the last 2 yrs of turf toe then he has to b getting pain killer injections like every game. it heals but it takes a super long time plus arthritis will build up bad if he keeps reinjuring it. by playoff time who knows how jacked up his toe will b. people say oh well he had it the last two seasons…. that dont mean shyt other than he never let it heal or he keeps reinjuring it either way it wont help his career

  • Chris Kalish

    I agree with bike, also. But total recuperation could take any where from 3-4 months to a year, depending on how often the injury is aggravated.
    And, as stlheatmaniac pointed out, it’s been an ongoing injury for the last two years. Unless Derrick is serious about healing it, he will continue to play through the pain, but will shorten his career.

  • lemskiz

    From Wikipedia…
    “Turf toe can often progress into a chronic problem, in which the joint(s) never really heals or heals too slowly to return to usual physical activities.
    Turf toe can become more serious if left untreated, and may cause serious problems for the athlete.”

    Rose should get some rest. With the way the Bulls are playing right now, I think they can handle the next games. Everyone on the Bulls bench is stepping up right now so Rose shouldn’t worry about his team. He should be more worried about that injury

  • denise paul

    i think my future man derrick rose should sit out becuz he too good to get hurt some more so just rest your toe it be ok

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