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Sixers vs. Raptors: Josh Richardson leaves game early with apparent hamstring injury

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NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at New York Knicks Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The injury bug bites again. About 4 minutes into the 1st quarter of the Sixers game against the Toronto Raptors Wednesday night, Josh Richardson left the court after seemingly tweaking his hamstring. It looked like Richardson might have pulled his left hamstring, grabbing it in pain as he was getting set defensively after a Sixers’ bucket. He immediately headed for the sideline and motioned for a substitution. Shake Milton subbed in in place of Richardson as the Sixers medical staff tends to Richardson.

UPDATE: Just before publishing, the following tweet from Kyle Neubeck came across my timeline:

So Richardson will not return to the game, and I wouldn’t be too surprised if Richardson needs even more time off. Hamstring injuries are a bitch and the Sixers need Richardson healthy long term. But right now, we don’t have any timetable or any idea as to the severity of the injury. We’ll keep you updated should any more news come out.

The Sixers, for at least the rest of this current game, are now down two starters with Richardson leaving early and Joel Embiid still out as he recovers from surgery.