Jason Richardson Injury: Updates on 76ers Star's Ankle

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent INovember 4, 2012

Oct 31, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Jason Richardson (23) is defended by Denver Nuggets guard Andre Miller (24) during the fourth quarter at the Wachovia Center. The Sixers defeated the Nuggets 84-75. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Jason Richardson, the starting shooting guard for the Philadelphia 76ers, exited Sunday’s game against the New York Knicks after suffering a left-ankle sprain in the first quarter.


UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 12 at 5:55 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

It's official. Jason Richardson will return to Philadelphia's starting lineup on Monday against the Milwaukee Bucks.

From Tom Moore of phillyburbs.com:

Collins: Jason Richardson to play tonight. He will start. #Sixers

— Tom Moore (@tmoorepburbs) November 12, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, November 11 at 10:40 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to CSNPhilly.com reporter John Finger, Doug Collins will have his lineup back besides Andrew Bynum with "Richardson scheduled to return for Monday night’s game against Milwaukee."


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UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 8 at 2:30 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Richardson remains sidelined with an ankle injury and it doesn't appear he'll be ready to return in time for Friday's matchup with the Boston Celtics, according to Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Head coach Doug Collins talked about having to play without him:

"It's a house of cards," Collins said. "I wanted the bench to be such a strength, but then you have to lose part of that to get a starter. We miss [Richardson]. That's a big loss. . . . He goes down and all of a sudden guys you're counting on to play 26 or 27 minutes are playing 35 minutes and you start getting the law of diminishing returns. With a shooter, that means his percentage goes down."

Even though Ford mentioned that Richardson is making progress, it's still not clear when he will return to the lineup. It's simply a waiting game at this point.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, November 6 at 1:15 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Jason Richardson is continuing to make progress as he tries to recover from a sprained ankle. 

Tom Moore of PhillyBurbs.com reported the news via Twitter. 

#Sixers Collins says Kwame Brown (left calf strain) will be out "a while." Says Jason Richardson (ankle sprain) is getting better.

— Tom Moore (@tmoorepburbs) November 6, 2012

The 76ers will be hoping to get Richardson back as soon as possible in order to get an offensive boost. The team has not scored more than 90 points in either of its first three games and is 1-2. 

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UPDATE: Sunday, November 4 at 3:55 p.m. ET

This ankle sprain is officially going to cost J-Rich another game.

According to Jeff Skversky of WPVI-TV (an ABC affiliate in Philadelphia), the SG underwent X-rays on his ankle, which came back negative. However, he's been listed as out for Monday's contest against the New York Knicks.

Jason Richardson received X-rays on his left ankle, which were negative. Richardson is out tomorrow vs New York with a left ankle sprain

— Jeff Skversky (@JeffSkversky) November 4, 2012

We'll keep you updated right here with any more news, information, updates, opinions and analysis on Richardson's left-ankle problem.


According to the team’s official Twitter feed, the 31-year-old will not return to the contest:

Jason Richardson suffered a left ankle sprain in the 1st quarter and will not return.

— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) November 4, 2012

The 'Sixers have barely become acquainted with the newly acquired veteran—who was brought in as a minor piece in the four-team Dwight Howard megatrade—before this setback. It was certainly looking like J-Rich was a good fit in the City of Brotherly Love, and hopefully the sprain isn't too serious.

Richardson started at the 2 in the season-opener against the Denver Nuggets and scored 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting (2-of-7 from downtown), grabbed four boards, had three steals, blocked three shots and dished two dimes in 37 minutes of play.

While his percentages left something to be desired, the former Michigan State standout used his incredible athleticism and hustle to impress fans and coach Doug Collins.

Richardson only logged two minutes of floor time against the Knicks before heading to the locker room with the training staff. He missed his only shot and had no other contribution show up in the box score.

Expect Nick Young to receive a lot of minutes in J-Rich’s absence, as the backup SG has been playing the sixth-man role in the 'Sixers offense. He’s now going to get a chance to start and should contribute a high number of points with his volume shooting.

There is currently no information or timetable for Richardson’s recovery, so keep it tuned to B/R for the latest news, information, updates, opinions and analysis on this breaking story.