Robert Covington to miss opening two weeks of upcoming NBA Season

The Philadelphia 76ers were dealt a cruel blow in Friday nights pre-season finale loss to the Boston Celtics when Robert Covington went down with a suspected knee strain. Following an MRI and a report from Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports, the Small Forward is expected to be out for two weeks with what appears to be a bruised bone and a sprained MCL.

RoCo missed a layup and landed on his right leg awkwardly on the way down in the fourth quarter of last nights loss before being walked off the court by two of his teammates.

After his arrival back in November, the 24 year old has averaged 13.5 points per game along with 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists whilst shooting 37% from beyond the ark. His pre-season was also encouraging, shooting .345 of his three point attempts in the five games he played and 5 rebounds per game.

Covington played 24 minutes on Friday night before the injury occurred.

The injury is likely going to see Jerami Grant move up to the starting Small Forward role when the team face the Celtics again on opening night.

 

(photo credit goes to Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports)

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