MRI reveals no structural damage on Derrick Rose's sore right knee

CHICAGO -- An MRI on Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose's right knee has revealed no structural damage.

Rose participated in Monday's practice and will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks, according to Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg.

"There was no structural damage," Hoiberg said. "He participated. We didn't do a lot of live activity today. So at this point, he'll be a game-time decision [Tuesday]."

The MRI results are a relief for both Rose and the Bulls after the former MVP missed three straight games over the past week. Initially, Rose was dealing with right hamstring soreness, but he acknowledged prior to Sunday's game that there was some knee soreness as well. He didn't seem too concerned about the long-term prognosis for the season even as he discussed the latest setback.

Rose, who tore the ACL in his left knee in April 2012, tore the medial meniscus in his right knee in November 2013. He had a meniscectomy in the right knee in February 2015.

"I think more than anything, it was ruling something out with the soreness that he had," Hoiberg said. "Like we talked about yesterday, the hamstring feels a lot better. The swelling in the knee has gone down. He had a little bit of soreness and weakness when he did some of the testing before the game. So we took a cautious approach. [Tuesday], we'll see how he reacts overnight and then see how he is in the morning."

As for center Joakim Noah, his return to the floor isn't expected to come as quickly. Hoiberg acknowledged that Noah, who injured his left shoulder during a Dec. 21 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, needs more recovery time.

"Jo is still not ready," Hoiberg said. "[We're] still not comfortable with Jo. If he gets his arm in a vulnerable position, it could cause some ... I don't know if damage [is the right word] but he's just not quite ready is what I'm trying to say."

It remains unclear when Noah will return, but the good news for the Bulls is that it appears that surgery to fix the injury has been ruled out for now.

"He's getting evaluated," Hoiberg said. "It's daily now. I guess the thing that he was going to look at after the two weeks is if it was going to take surgery to repair it. And it's definitely not going to take that."