Joel Embiid Injury: Updates on 76ers Star's Knee and Return

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The Philadelphia 76ers announced center Joel Embiid is dealing with a knee injury suffered on Jan. 20 against the Portland Trail Blazers. A target return date has reportedly been decided upon. 

Continue for updates.


Latest on Embiid's Timeline For Return

Thursday, Feb. 23

While doctors are "encouraged" by Embiid's progress, he will miss the next four games and has a target return date of March 3 against the New York Knicks, according to Jamie Apody of WPVI TV. 


Embiid Diagnosis Revealed 

Saturday, Feb. 11

Derek Bodner of USA Today reported Embiid has a minor tear in his meniscus in addition to a knee contusion, though he will not require surgery and is considered day-to-day.

"On the MRI that was conducted shortly after the injury vs. Portland, the MRI revealed obviously what we thought it to be: a bone bruise," 76ers GM Bryan Colangelo said, per ESPN. "There was also the recognition that there was a very minor meniscal tear. But it was not thought to be acute, and it was not thought to be the source of the pain, inflammation or symptoms. That is the case."


Embiid Comments on Status

Saturday, Feb. 11 

"I would say today's the best day I felt in the past two weeks," Embiid said, per Jessica Camerato of CSN Philadelphia.  


Injuries Continue to Derail Embiid's Promising Start 

Health has been a major question mark for Embiid throughout his young career.

Philadelphia drafted him with the third overall pick in 2014, but Embiid missed two full years while recovering from a foot injury before finally stepping onto the court for the 76ers. The team has also limited his playing time throughout the 2016-17 season while trying to avoid another major issue, often keeping him out for precautionary reasons.

That doesn't take away from the fact that Embiid is a star when healthy.

The 7-footer has been impressive on the court, averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks despite being limited to just 25.4 minutes per game.

While the 22-year-old fell just short of earning a starting spot in the All-Star Game, he has earned respect from his teammates.

"Joel, for sure, he deserves to be in All-Star Game," forward Dario Saric told CSN Philly's Molly Sullivan. "He's the guy who changed the sport in Philly. [...] He's maybe the best big man in the league."

Philadelphia will hope the latest issue doesn't keep Embiid off the court for long. 

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