The Philadelphia 76ers have faced significant health concerns at the start of the 2021-22 season, with superstar Joel Embiid sidelined for the past few weeks.
On November 8, the team announced that Embiid had tested positive for COVID, with Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle and Isaiah Joe participating in the tournament’s health and safety procedures. Despite the growing inactive roster, the Sixers have had an impressive start to the season. After starting 8-2, the team dropped six of the next eight with Embiid among a group of players sidelined.
How long will Embiid rest?
Embiid was originally expected to miss a game against New York with a return game expected against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Instead, he missed several games as he waited for consecutive negative tests to pass the league’s health and safety protocols. His return, however, seems to be looming.
Joel Embiid’s Injury Progress
November 24th: After more than two weeks in league health and safety protocols, The Athletic’s Shams Charania has reported that there is optimism that Embiid could return on Saturday, November 28 after ramping up activity. physical activity in recent days.
Source: There is optimism 76ers star Joel Embiid will return Saturday against Minnesota after a three-week absence due to COVID-19. Embiid has surfaced this week. If that’s not possible on Saturday, a second home game (Monday against Orlando) could happen.
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 24, 2021
November 16: When asked for an update on Embiid and Thybulle, he replied, “With Matisse, it’s just trying to be on time with the tournament… With Joel, it’s the same thing, just trying to be better. You there must be two negative tests,” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey.
#Sixers Centers Joel Embiid and Matisse Thybulle (both health and safety protocols) along with Danny Green (left hamstring strain) remain on the field for tomorrow’s game against the Denver Nuggets.
– Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) November 17, 2021
November 8th: Philadelphia head coach Doc Rivers revealed Embiid is suffering from symptoms after contracting the virus.
“He didn’t do well, struggled with it, just like Tobias,” Rivers said.
The game against New York will mark the fifth consecutive game missed for Harris.
November 8th: Embiid was listed in the injury report due to health and safety procedures.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania has reported a positive test result.
A significant number of 76ers staff have received the COVID-19 booster shot, and players are expected to begin receiving the shots this week. Embiid can now miss a few more matches in protocols – aside from tonight’s planned rest. https://t.co/1OatV6RbSU
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 8, 2021
According to Charania, the Philadelphia players will start receiving booster shots as early as this week.