The Philadelphia 76ers are battling significant health concerns early in the 2021-22 season, with superstar big man Joel Embiid the latest on the sideline.
The team has announced that Embiid has tested positive for COVID, joining Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle and Isaiah Joe in the league’s health and safety protocols.
Despite the growing injury list, the Sixers have been impressive to start the season, holding an 8-2 record entering a home contest against the New York Knicks.
How long will Embiid be out?
Embiid was originally set to miss the one game against New York with a back-to-back scheduled against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Instead, Embiid could miss several games as he awaits consecutive negative tests to pass the league’s health and safety protocols.
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Joel Embiid injury timeline
Nov. 8: Philadelphia head coach Doc Rivers reveals Embiid is suffering symptoms after contracting the virus.
“He’s not doing great, struggling with it, like Tobias,” Rivers said pregame.
The game against New York will mark the fifth straight game missed for Harris.
Nov. 8: Embiid was listed as out on the injury report due to health and safety protocols.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reported the positive test.
Significant amount of 76ers staff has received the COVID-19 booster shot, and players were slated to begin receiving their shots this week. Embiid now could miss several more games in protocols — beyond planned rest tonight. https://t.co/1OatV6RbSU
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 8, 2021
According to Charania, Philadelphia players were set to begin receiving booster shots as early as this week.