76ers star Joel Embiid is dealing with another injury.
Ahead of Philadelphia’s second-round matchup with Miami in the 2022 NBA Playoffs, Shams Charania of the Athletic broke the news that Embiid had suffered a right orbital fracture and mild concussion.
Embiid was already playing through a torn ligament in his right thumb.
Sources: 76ers All-NBA star Joel Embiid suffered a right orbital fracture and mild concussion in series-clinching Game 6 win last night in Toronto. He will be listed as out and there is no timetable for his return.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 30, 2022
Here’s the latest on Embiid’s injury.
What is Joel Embiid’s injury?
The 76ers confirmed that Embiid has suffered a right orbital fracture and mild concussion.
The injury occurred in Philadelphia’s Game 6 win over Toronto in the first round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs.
This appears to be the play Embiid suffered the injury on:
Joel Embiid suffered a right orbital fracture and mild concussion on this play:
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How long will Joel Embiid be out?
On May 1, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that there was “optimism” he could return as soon as Game 3 or 4 of the series after missing Games 1 and 2 in Miami.
Embiid was listed out on the eve of Game 3, with ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reporting that the 76ers would make a “final decision much closer to game time” with the big man required to clear concussion protocols and get cleared for the orbital fracture.
Embiid was eventually cleared to play and helped the 76ers win Game 3, recording 18 points and 11 rebounds in 36 minutes of play.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) May 6, 2022
Embiid suffered a left orbital fracture during the 2017-18 season that required surgery. He missed the final eight games of the regular season and the first two games of the playoffs, sidelining him for around three weeks.