Jahlil Okafor, Robert Covington to Miss Rest of 76ers' Season with Knee Injuries

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 31, 2017

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 7: Jahlil Okafor #8 and Robert Covington #33 of the Philadelphia 76ers walk off the court after a timeout in the game against the Utah Jazz at Wells Fargo Center on November 7, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Jazz defeated the 76ers 109-84. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington and center Jahlil Okafor will miss the remainder of the 2016-17 season with injuries.

The 76ers announced an MRI revealed Covington suffered a slight meniscus tear in his right knee. Sixers director of public relations Michael Preston reported the news and noted Okafor is dealing with right knee soreness.

Considering the 76ers are 28-47 and eliminated from postseason consideration, there is no need to rush Okafor back or risk anything with Covington.

Okafor is just 21 years old, while Covington is 26, and they could be significant pieces of the team's rebuilding efforts in the future.

Covington finished his season averaging 12.9 points per game, and Okafor ended his at 11.8.

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