Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid will miss the remainder of the season to recover from his left knee injury, the team announced Wednesday.
Embiid underwent an MRI exam on his knee Monday afternoon and the results revealed the meniscus tear "appears more pronounced."
Embiid's status was changed by the 76ers from out indefinitely, while dealing with swelling and soreness in his left knee, to out for the remainder of this season two days later.
"The assessment of Monday's follow-up MRI of Joel Embiid's left knee appears to reveal that the area affected by the bone bruise has improved significantly, while the previously identified meniscus tear appears more pronounced in this most recent scan," Dr. Jonathan Glashow, the Sixers' chief medical director and co-chief of Sports Medicine Orthopedics at New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center, said in a statement. "We will continue to work with leading specialists to gather additional information through clinical examination and sequential testing to determine the best course of action and next steps."
The 22-year-old Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in 2014, has not played in a game since Jan. 27.
"Our primary objective and focus remains to protect his long-term health and ability to perform on the basketball court," 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said. "As our medical team and performance staff continue their diligence in the evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of Joel's injury, we will provide any pertinent updates when available."
The 7-foot, 250-pound Embiid missed the first two seasons of his career with foot injuries. The Cameroon native took the court this season and in 31 games averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 25.4 minutes per contest.
The 76ers last week officially ruled out forward Ben Simmons, the 2016 No. 1 overall pick, for the remainder of his rookie season after tests revealed his broken right foot was not fully healed.