The Sixers have a number of key personnel dealing with injury woes. The team issued a press release today on three of those players, updating their statuses:
- Beginning with Nerlens Noel, the center has been diagnosed with an inflamed plica on his left knee after consulting with multiple specialists. Noel has elected to address the injury via a minor surgical procedure, which will be performed in the near future, per the team. Philadelphia did not provide a timetable for how long the big man would be out of action, though, it is reasonable to expect an update after the surgery has been performed. Noel has also been nursing a strained groin, so some time in street clothes was already in the cards for the player. The loss of Noel will give the team an opportunity to see how Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid perform together, though, Embiid’s playing time will be limited as the team will play it safe with the former No. 3 overall pick.
- Philadelphia provided an update on another former lottery pick — Ben Simmons. The forward, who underwent successful surgery to repair an acute Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal of his right foot on October 4th, recently had his two-week, post-operative exam. Simmons had his sutures removed and is continuing to progress with his day-to-day rehabilitation and recovery under the guidance of Sixers Director of Performance Research & Development Dr. David T. Martin, and Sixers Director of Physiotherapy and Clinical Diagnostics Scott Epsley, the team relays. According to a report from Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Simmons is currently projected to return to basketball activities in January.
- Finally, the Sixers relayed that Jerryd Bayless will pursue a non-surgical option to address the nagging issues he is experiencing with his injured left wrist. Bayless has been limited to non-contact, individualized workouts since training camp due to the ligament injury. The guard will continue to rehab the wrist and will be re-evaluated in two weeks time, per the release.