Oct 24, 2012; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) is injured during the first quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Tyson Chandler Knee Injury Not Serious

Right now it is easier to name the New York Knicks players that are healthy than list the one’s that are on the injury report.

Tyson Chandler’s name was added to the Knicks growing injury list when he left Wednesday night’s preseason finale against the Brooklyn Nets with what at the time  he thought was a knee sprain. But an MRI on Thursday MRI revealed a bone bruise in his left knee, the team announced Thursday.

Oct 22, 2012; Syracuse, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) prepares to take a shot prior to the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year winner is officially listed as day-to-day, so Knicks’ fans can exhale as they survived a scare with Chandler, as everyone knows how poor the Knicks’ interior defense is without him, especially with Marcus Camby also on the shelf.

Chandler collided with Brooklyn forward Gerald Wallace while setting a screen in the first quarter and appeared to be in significant pain. He stayed on the ground clutching his knee and was tended to by a Knicks trainer before heading back to the locker room.

Chandler left the Nassau Coliseum on crutches, but he said he was optimistic that he’ll be ready for the season opener on Nov. 1 against the Nets at the brand new Barclays Center.

“I’m sure I’ll stay off it the next couple of days and then pick up work with my teammates leading into the first game of the season,” he said to ESPN’s Jared Zwerling.

Chandler joins Amar’e Stoudemire (knee) Iman Shumpert (knee), Camby (calf), Rasheed Wallace (conditioning), Chris Smith (knee) and J.R. Smith (Achilles) as Knicks that are currently on the shelf.

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