Monday was a slow day for the Chicago sports scene as neither the Chicago Bulls nor the Chicago Blackhawks played games while both the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs continued their exhibition schedules. While there may have been little news on the field for Chicago Sports teams, there was certainly a handful of news on Monday that figure to impact the Chicago Bears. And, yes, there is another Derrick Rose update.
- No Minutes Limit For Derrick Rose
The latest in the rehab and eventual return of Chicago Bulls’ point guard Derrick Rose is that team is not expected to impose a minutes limit on Rose once he makes his season debut. Today marks the 10-month anniversary of when Rose had the surgery to repair his torn ACL . The expectation is that if Rose does not make his season debut within the next couple of weeks with the Bulls, then the point guard will sit out for the remainder of the season and wait until 2013-2014 season to make his return. But news that the Bulls will not put a minutes limit on Rose when he returns is somewhat interesting. Generally, it is common sense that a team would gradually increase the minutes that a player plays who is returning from serious injury like the one that Rose suffered. The Bulls reasoning may be that with Rose waiting until he is
100 percent 110 percent recovered, then the point guard should be ready to play without any limitations. But their logic is flawed. There is nothing that can replace playing in an actual game. While Rose has been participating in 5 on 5 scrimmages in practice for nearly a month, his teammates likely are not playing with the same intensity and efforts that opponents will be playing with. For that reason, logic should tell the Bulls that Rose needs to be gradually implemented into the team’s game plan for at least the first few weeks once he makes his season debut.
- A New Year Is Upon Us
Tuesday marks the start of the National Football League calendar year. Meaning this is when free agents can begin to officially sign contracts with teams. The official start to the calendar year is at 3:00 PM central time. The Bears have until then to negotiate a contract with the likes of linebackers Brian Urlacher and Nick Roach before they will be able to officially sign elsewhere. Roach has generated interest from at least a half of a dozen teams and the Bears chances of keeping him appear to be decreasing. Urlacher is widely expected to return to the Bears, though, that may come after the linebacker tests the market. The Bears could also make several cuts today in order to clear up space to add a significant free agent or two. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears have shown serious interest in New Orleans Saints‘ free agent left tackle Jermon Bushrod and Tennessee Titans free agent tight end Jared Cook. Both would mark significant upgrades to the Bears at the left tackle and tight end positions.
- Percy Harvin No Longer A Bears’ Concern