The Philadelphia 76ers struggled with significant health issues at the start of the 2021-22 season, with big man superstar Joel Embiid sidelined in recent weeks.
On November 8, the team announced that Embiid had tested positive for COVID, joining Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle and Isaiah Joe in league health and safety protocols. Despite the growing list of inactive, the Sixers had had an impressive start to the season. After an 8-2 start, the team lost six of their next eight with Embiid among a group of sidelined players.
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How long will Embiid be away?
Embiid was originally scheduled to miss a game against New York with a back-to-back game scheduled against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Instead, he missed several games as he waits for consecutive negative tests to pass league health and safety protocols. However, his return seems to be looming.
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Joel Embiid Injury Timeline
November 24: After more than two weeks in league health and safety protocols, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that there was optimism about Embiid’s return on Saturday, November 28 after stepping up physical activity these days. last days.
Sources: There is optimism 76ers star Joel Embiid will return against Minnesota on Saturday after a three-week absence due to COVID-19. Embiid has increased this week. If this is not possible on Saturday, a second home game (Monday against Orlando) is possible.
– 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 get the right date with the league… With Joel the same thing, just trying to s ‘Better. You have to have both negative tests, “by Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
#Sixers center Joel Embiid and Matisse Thybulle (both health and safety protocols) as well as Danny Green (left hamstring tightness) remain out for tomorrow’s game with the Denver Nuggets.
– Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) November 17, 2021
November 8: Philadelphia head coach Doc Rivers reveals that Embiid is suffering from symptoms after contracting the virus.
“He’s not doing very well, he’s struggling with it, like Tobias,” Rivers said before the game.
The game against New York will mark the fifth consecutive game missed for Harris.
November 8: Embiid was listed as absent from the injury report due to health and safety protocols.
Shams Charania of The Athletic has reported the test positive.
A significant number of 76ers staff have received the COVID-19 booster, and players were expected to start receiving their shots this week. Embiid could now miss several more games in the protocols – beyond the scheduled rest tonight. https://t.co/1OatV6RbSU
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 8, 2021
According to Charania, the Philadelphia players were to start receiving booster shots as early as this week.