Report: ‘Forceful blow’ could permanently damage Joel Embiid’s sight
Joel Embiid is listed as doubtful for the Philadelphia 76ers’ Game 3 showdown with the Miami Heat on Thursday night. Although in the grand scheme of things, a recent report troublesomely illustrates the risks Embiid will take once he returns to the court.
Embiid has been out of action since suffering a broken orbital bone in a March 28 game against the New York Knicks. While Sixers head coach Brett Brown indicated earlier this week that Embiid is not “that far away” from playing, there comes word that potentially re-injuring the orbital bone should be the least of Embiid’s worries.
A report from the Philadelphia Inquirer indicates a source suggests that a “forceful blow to the orbital bone” could “permanently damage” Embiid’s sight in his left eye.
Embiid previously suffered a left eye injury in 2014 during his freshman season with the Kansas Jayhawks after being inadvertently hit in the face by a teammate during practice. Embiid was forced to wear goggles in the next game.
Embiid not surprisingly is growing impatient with missing out on Sixers’ playoff games. The frustration came to a head when Embiid took to Instagram after the 76ers’ Game 2 loss to proclaim he’s “(expletive) sick and tired of being babied.” He later explained his social media commentary to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.
“I promised the city the playoffs and I’m not on the court and I may not be on Thursday either,” Embiid said. “I wish more than anything that I was out there. I just want the green light to play.”
A report this week states Embiid requires medical clearance from the surgical team that performed the procedure on his fractured orbital bone, not the 76ers, before playing. Given the stakes that confront Embiid in light of the injury — and the possible long-term consequences — it’s safe to say the parties involved will exercise extreme caution.