The Philadelphia 76ers announced on Wednesday that star center Joel Embiid would miss the remainder of the 2017 season after a recent scan determined his meniscus tear was more severe than originally believed.
“The assessment of Monday’s follow-up MRI of Joel Embiid’s left knee appears to reveal that the area affected by the bone bruise has improved significantly, while the previously identified meniscus tear appears more pronounced in this most recent scan,” said Sixers Chief Medical Director Dr. Jonathan Glashow. “We will continue to work with leading specialists to gather additional information through clinical examination and sequential testing to determine the best course of action and next steps.”
Embiid’s status had been recently changed to “out indefinitely” due to knee swelling, but after the latest scan, the Sixers say he has been ruled out for the rest of the season. This comes days after 2016 No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons was ruled out for the season by Philadelphia after he had a setback in recovery from his fractured foot that required another minor procedure.
For Sixers fans these are just the latest in a long line of frustrating injuries that have kept young stars off of the court. Andrew Bynum Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have all dealt with season-ending injuries in recent years, but this may be the most frustrating because of the promise Embiid had shown this seasonafter sitting out two full seasons since being drafted to recovery from a foot injury of his own.