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76ers Announce Robert Covington and Jahlil Okafor out for Season
- Updated: April 3, 2017
76ers forward Robert Covington (lateral meniscus tear) and center Jahlil Okafor (knee) are out for the remainder of this season, as announced by the 76ers before their game Friday night in Cleveland.
CSN Philly’s Jessica Camerato broke the news at about 6 p.m. that forward Robert Covington was revealed to have a slight tear of the lateral meniscus and that, along with Jahlil Okafor, both players will be out for the remainder of the season.
Covington MRI revealed a slight tear of lateral meniscus, will miss rest of the season. Okafor will also sit out rest of the season.
— Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoCSN) March 31, 2017
Okafor has been struggling with knee soreness since the game April 19th versus Boston, in which he played only 12 minutes. He has sat out five of the team’s last six games with lingering knee soreness.
Okafor will finish the season averaging 11.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.0 block per game in only 50 games, while playing only 22.7 minutes per night.
Covington missed Wednesday’s 99-92 loss to the Atlanta Hawks with knee soreness. Earlier today, he had an MRI in which he was diagnosed with the slightly torn lateral meniscus.
In the 2016-2017 season, Covington put together the best season of his career. He averaged 12.9 points and 6.5 rebounds in 67 games, playing 31.6 minutes per night. Covington also proved to be a force on defense, averaging 1.0 block and 1.9 steals per game.
The 76ers (28-47) play one of the Eastern Conference’s top teams, the Cleveland Cavaliers (47-27), tonight at 7:30 p.m.