From Comcast SportsNetDEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose still has no target date for his return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and he even indicated he might sit out the season.In an interview with USA Today posted on Tuesday, the three-time All-Star point guard said he's "far away" from being ready to play. Rose has been practicing and traveling with the team, but he has no specific timetable for a return from an injury he suffered in the playoffs last season."I don't have a set date," Rose told the newspaper. "I'm not coming back until I'm 110 percent. Who knows when that can be? It can be within a couple of weeks. It could be next year. It could be any day. It could be any time. It's just that I'm not coming back until I'm ready."He was asked how close he is to 110 percent."Right now, probably in the high 80s," he said. "Far away. Far away."Rose tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a playoff-opening win over Philadelphia, and the top-seeded Bulls wound up losing to the 76ers in the first round.The Bulls' point guard has granted few interviews since then, mostly limiting his comments to a shoe company campaign focusing on his recovery. He did not make himself available for comment on Tuesday.The Bulls, meanwhile, have repeatedly said they are taking a patient approach with their superstar, that they won't rush him back. As for Rose saying he could return any day -- or next year?"That's what we've been saying all along," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "It's all the same. When he's ready, he'll play."He said Rose is "right where he should be" in his recovery."He's right on schedule," Thibodeau said. "When he's ready, we'll know. We'll go from there. That's why we've approached it the way we have. The team has to concentrate on their improvement and their next opponent. He has to do his rehab, and then at some point, he'll rejoin us and we'll go from there. Nothing has changed."Does he expect Rose to play this season?"If he's ready," Thibodeau said. "To me, it's why we've taken the approach that we have. There's no timetable. It's when he's ready. We're not measuring it against someone else's timetable. It's just this is Derrick. When he's ready, he will go."It remains to be seen what type of player Rose will be once he returns. Even he's not sure.He said he's added about 10 or 11 pounds of muscle along with some new wrinkles to his game, and he's confident he'll still be a top-tier player.Thibodeau is, too."I see what he's doing every day," he said. "He's coming along fine. He'll be fine."
FOXBORO -- There are a lot of things in Josh Augusta’s past in football that makes him an intriguing player as the undrafted defensive tackle enters his pro career. Among them: a high-school career as a 320-pound receiver and fullback reps in college.
Also in his past: About 50 pounds.
That’s how much weight the Missouri product says he has lost since the end of last season, when he began slimming down from 390 pounds to where he is now with the Patriots.
How did he do it? Cutting out pizza, for one.
“I cut out all the fast food, late-night eating, cut out all that,” Augusta said Tuesday at Gillette Stadium.
There were ample reasons to lose the weight. He’s had asthma all his life and has also dealt with sleep apnea and a thyroid condition in recent years. He wanted to be able to not only move better, but breathe better.
Now in the 340s as he nears what he previously set as a 335-pound target weight, Augusta’s body is getting closer to what it was when he arrived at Missouri.
“I feel faster. My breathing’s getting better, just because I lost the weight,” he said. “Just stay on track and hopefully everything still goes right.”
For Augusta, everything going right would entail him enjoying a long NFL career. For all the potential versatility with Augusta -- he says he could still see himself playing some fullback for the Pats if they wanted -- there was little surprise when he went undrafted given that he was not a consistent starter throughout his college career, which he finished as a second-stringer. There were also questions of his stamina, which he feels the weight loss has helped.
Yet the Patriots have done plenty with works in progress, particularly ones who can be used in multiple spots. As he looks to shape his professional career, Augusta thinks New England is the best-case scenario.
“I feel great here,” he said. “I know I know I’m in good hands, just because of the history they have.”
Listen to Phil Perry’s interview with Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, who has funneled his college players — James White, Trey Flowers, and others — to the Patriots in this edition of Quick Slants The Podcast.