Joel Embiid Injured, Released From Hospital

4:08pm: There is a sense that Embiid is likely to miss more than the two games on Philadelphia’s current road trip, Derek Bodner of The Athletic tweets.

2:12pm: Embiid was released from the hospital today, but will not join the Sixers on their trip to Atlanta, Camerato tweets.

9:00am: The Sixers are awaiting a medical update on Joel Embiid, but a social media message from the center last night is raising concerns, writes Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Embiid was hospitalized after suffering a facial contusion in a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz. He offered an update on his condition in a video he posted on Instagram that was captioned, “Not good.”

Fultz was driving to the basket midway through the first half when they collided and his shoulder struck Embiid’s head. Embiid was knocked over, sat up briefly then fell back to the court.

“I was trying to go get the ball at the same time I was watching him,” Fultz said. “But my heart dropped, really, because I know he hit me. But he’s a tough guy and I know he’s going to be OK. All I can do is pray for him.”

Embiid was helped to the locker room, but bent over in pain in the hallway. Fultz added that his head may have also struck Embiid in the face.

Embiid successfully went through the concussion protocol, then was taken to an area hospital for precautionary concussion testing, according to Jessica Camerato of NBC Sports Philadelphia. The Sixers are awaiting the results before putting together a time frame for his return.

This has been the healthiest season by far for Embiid, who sat out his first two years in the NBA with complications from a broken foot, then was on a strict minutes limit as a rookie. He has appeared in 63 games this season and is averaging 30.3 minutes per night.

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