Knicks' Ronnie Brewer out six weeks after knee surgery

Chicago Bulls guard Ronnie Brewer points toward his

Chicago Bulls guard Ronnie Brewer points toward his bench after making a three-point basket during the first half of a game against the Detroit Pistons. (March 30, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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Knicks veteran guard Ronnie Brewer began rehab Friday after undergoing surgery to repair a meniscal injury to his knee, according to his Twitter account.

"If y'all haven't already heard I had successful meniscus surgery," he wrote on his verified Twitter account @RonnieBrewerJr. "Started rehab this morning. Minor setback for a major comeback."

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The Knicks said Brewer tore the meniscus in his left knee in the last two weeks and is expected to miss six weeks.

That would put Brewer on track to return in mid-October, part-way through the Knicks' preseason. The Knicks open the regular season on Nov. 1 in Brooklyn against the Nets.

"I appreciate the prayers and get well soons from everyone," Brewer tweeted. "Much appreciated. Will for sure be 100 (percent) for season opener."

Brewer, 27, likely will fill the void left by Iman Shumpert, who tore his ACL in the first round of the playoffs against Miami. He is not expected to return until late December at the earliest.

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Entering his seventh NBA season, Brewer is a solid on-ball defender. His offense is limited, though. Brewer averaged 6.9 points and shot 42.7 percent from the field last season.

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