The Sixers announced on Monday morning that center Joel Embiid is now out indefinitely because of swelling in his left knee. He’s scheduled to have an MRI later in the day.
Medical update (1/2):— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) February 27, 2017
•Embiid did not take part in shootaround after swellness in left knee. MRI today. Listed out indefinitely.
Embiid originally suffered a bone bruise in his knee during the Sixers’ win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Jan. 20, and has played one game since then. He’s been practicing on and off with the team since suffering the injury, but reoccurring swelling in his knee has made it impossible for him to return to game action.
The team had targeted Friday’s game against the New York Knicks as a possible return date, but that’s certainly off the table at this point. Monday’s MRI will likely be a determining factor in whether or not Embiid will return to the floor this season, although at this point chances of that look extremely bleak.
Also falling under the category of “talented and injured young star”, the Sixers disclosed that Ben Simmons underwent a minor foot procedure to “stimulate bone growth” and “accelerate healing”. He’s anticipated to return to his rehab regiment next week.
Just another day in basketball paradise!