According to a report from The Athletic’s Shams Charania, “there’s optimism” that Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid could end his three-week, nine-game absence with a Saturday return against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Due to health and safety protocols, Embiid has not played since Nov. 6 and is slated to miss the entirety of Philadelphia’s six-game road trip. As of Wednesday’s 2:30 p.m. EST injury report, the big fella is listed as “out” while still in health and safety protocols.
Charania tweeted that “Embiid has been ramping up this week” and if he does not play Saturday, “ the second game of home stand (Monday vs. Orlando) is possible.”
Sources: There’s optimism 76ers star Joel Embiid will return on Saturday vs. Minnesota following a three-week absence due to COVID-19. Embiid has been ramping up this week. If unable on Saturday, second game of home stand (Monday vs. Orlando) is possible.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 24, 2021
Wednesday’s news marks the second update in three days after a quiet two weeks on that front.
Prior to Monday’s contest with the Sacramento Kings, head coach Doc Rivers said Embiid was working out at the team’s practice facility in Camden, New Jersey, and had passed one negative COVID test, per The Athletic’s Rich Hofmann.
Doc Rivers on Joel Embiid, said that he's working out at the practice facility in Camden: "He passed one of the tests, I think he has another big one today. Then after that, we have to decide what we want to do. But the fact that he's out working again is huge."— Rich Hofmann (@rich_hofmann) November 22, 2021