Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair his left orbital bone after being struck in the face a day earlier during the first practice of the season.
The operation on Rose’s eye socket went as expected, first-year Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. The team announced that Rose should be able to resume basketball activities in two weeks.
The Bulls open their regular-season schedule on Oct. 27 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“It’s not structural damage that will keep him out,” Hoiberg said. “Once it’s healed, he’ll be ready to go.”
The injury occurred while Rose, the 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player, was driving to the basket on the baseline and took an elbow to the face from one of the Bulls’ big men.
Rose will be sidelined for a portion of the first training camp under Hoiberg, who was hired during the summer to replace Tom Thibodeau. It’s likely that Rose will wear a mask when he returns to the court.
Injuries, including surgeries on both knees, have limited Rose to 100 games during the past four seasons.