The Bulls released a statement to clear up the lingering mystery of Luol Deng’s injury status. Here’s the skinny: “A review of a repeat MRI, and CT scan of his tibia, indicate that this represents an early anterior tibial stress fracture. All of the information to date points to some mild inflammation along his tibia, with a small irregularity within the cortical bone, with no obvious break in the inner or outer layer of bone. Symptoms, developing Saturday, when the Bulls played the Houston Rockets, prompted this recent evaluation. He has been restricted from high-level activity since then. At this point, he will undergo ‘active rest,’ meaning that he will be encouraged to challenge himself physically, and if symptoms remain minimal, he will be allowed an expeditious return to play. These decisions will be made on a day-to-day basis.”
I find that diagnosis to be, er, a little confusing. So does the press. What’s “an early anterior tibial stress fracture”? To my uninformed (medically speaking) mind, it sounds like a stress fracture that’s not really a stress fracture. I mean, aren’t we all “suffering” from some form of “early” injury? I mean, the doctor also described the problem as “some mild inflammation along his tibia…with no obvious break in the inner or outer layer of bone.” So he’s fine, right? Otherwise, I would assume the team wouldn’t encourage Luol to “challenge himself physically,” right? Although I’m not sure how he’s can challenge himself while undergoing “active rest.” And how does someone actively rest, anyway?
According to Luol: “I want to try to get back as soon as possible. We just want to make sure exactly what it is.” To that end, Deng may seek a third opinion. He’s officially listed as day-to-day. Hopefully he doesn’t actively rest too hard on the whatever it is.