Injuries Rumors

Nerlens Noel out three to five weeks?

76ers reserve center Nerlens Noel is scheduled to have surgery Monday at the Hospital of Special Surgery in New York to address an inflamed plica above his left knee, according to sources. Dr. Riley Williams will scope the area during a 10-minute procedure. Noel, who’s been sidelined since Oct. 6, is expected to be sidelined an additional three to five weeks. However, he will get a more accurate timeline following the surgery.
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“When the time comes it will come,” Olynyk said. “You don’t want to force it, you don’t want to push anything and go backwards at all. Every day you come in here, you want to take a step forward. That’s the goal every time you come here and every time I wake up, to take a step forward towards playing a bunch of minutes. … For me, it’s all about when you’re comfortable and when you feel like you’re ready, then we’ll be back. “It’s part of the shoulder — they said it’s going to take five or six months and I think five months was Oct. 16. So we still have about three weeks left, which is probably the middle of November, I guess, is what he’s thinking in terms of the timetable we were told at the start. It’s feeling good and the strength is coming and the stamina is coming. It’s just a matter of getting it to where we want it to be before we put it at risk.”
“It feels good being out there with the guys,” said the 34-year-old Allen, who missed all six preseason games because of knee soreness. “When the injury came about it obviously wakes other things (in the body) up, so I’m a little banged up, … but I’m a work in progress so I’m listening to my body and the training staff, and that’s all I can do at this point.” Fizdale said, “He looked good, and I think he’s getting close. I don’t want to say there’s guarantees (about when will be back), but he went through the whole practice today and all of yesterday. We don’t go for continuous long stretches of time, but he’s looking better, and I’m hoping we get him back soon.”