Joel Embiid, battling knee swelling and soreness, sent for MRI

Embiid is averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 31 games this season.

According to an official statement released by the franchise on Monday morning, Philadelphia 76ers' rookie center Joel Embiid has been ruled out indefinitely. The Sixers did not reveal Embiid was suffering from a meniscus tear until February 13th.

Embiid initially injured his knee in January against Portland, and hasn't played in Philadelphia's last 11 games. The only game he's played since was the January 27 nationally televised loss to the Rockets.

The Sixers have had bad luck with their first-round draft picks in recent seasons with only Jahlil Okafor playing the season after being drafted.

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The Sixers also had some injury news about Simmons, who has yet to play his first National Basketball Association game: He had minor surgery to stimulate bone growth in his injured foot. He had surgery October 4.

Simmons has had a rough first season with the Sixers. Colangelo said Friday that Simmons would miss the entire season, though he could play in the July summer leagues.

Also, guard Jerryd Bayless is slated to have the cast removed from his surgically repaired left wrist next week, when he can begin therapy and rehabilitation. With this Embiid news coming just days later, Sixers fans have a legitimate reason to gripe a little bit, but those who have stuck by the Trust the Process mantra the past few years will likely not lose sleep over this latest development.

Bayless' wrist has been immobilized for the past three months.

  • Megan Austin