Joel Embiid Out Indefinitely With Knee Injury
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Feb 28, 2017,
Feb 28, 2017, 0:51
He has been out since January 22 with a left knee contusion.
Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in 2014, missed the first two seasons while recovering from foot surgery. That has made this year his rookie year, and he is the Rookie of the Year frontrunner despite playing on a minutes restriction to avoid injury. Even operating under a minutes restriction meant to preserve his body, Embiid was a revelation in the first half of the season, averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.1 assists in just 25.4 minutes of floor time while shooting 36.7 percent from the 3-point line and proving to be a legitimate defensive deterrent in the paint, blowing away the competition and looking to have cemented Rookie of the Year honors before the All-Star break.
Embiid has missed 16 of the Sixers' last 17 games. He has not played since January 27 after suffering a bruised left knee and has missed 16 of Philadelphia's past 17 games.
Embiid is experienced swelling and soreness following recent training sessions.
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In addition to the Embiid news, the Sixers also announced that Ben Simmons had a procedure to inject bone marrow into this foot to promote healing.
Simmons is expected to resume training later this week. He was initially injured at the end of September, and just a couple months ago, officials said Simmons was healed and would be close to making his debut with the team.
Embiid has officially been ruled out indefinitely by the Sixers, and with the team not likely to make a playoff push anyway, it would seem to make sense to not take any more chances with Embiid the rest of the season.