Covington, Rose, Teague expected to miss rest of year for Wolves

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are not officially out of the playoff chase, but to reach that hard goal, they'll have to do so with a decidedly shorthanded roster.

The Minnesota Timberwolves received bad news today, as Derrick Rose, Robert Covington and Jeff Teague were all declared out for the season, according to Seth Kaplan of Fox Sports.

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Rose has missed the last four games while experiencing soreness and swelling in his right elbow. An All-NBA defender for the Sixers last season, Covington immediately was put into the starting lineup for the Wolves and played 22 games for the team before suffering a bone bruise in his right knee. "The team and Rose are now exploring further treatment options and he is expected to miss the remainder of the season". The team and Rose are now exploring further treatment options and he is expected to miss the remainder of the season. He will wear a boot and is scheduled to be re-evaluated in about three weeks. The Wolves are No. 10 in the West, 9 1/2 games behind the No. 8-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder.

Minnesota has 11 contests left in the season and sits nine-and-a-half games out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

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