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Report: Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons now ruled out Saturday vs. Nuggets [UPDATE]

The Sixers were already down to nine players and now this makes it seven active players for their game against the Nuggets.

Head coach Doc Rivers of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts as referee Scott Foster calls a foul during the first half against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 07, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

UPDATE: Jan. 9, 1:14 p.m. — Embiid and Simmons have now been ruled out for Saturday afternoon’s game vs. the Nuggets, per Shams Charania. The Sixers were already down to nine available players and this reportedly makes it seven players. The two All-Stars also reportedly tested negative for Covid-19, so this is strictly injury related, which is very odd given we haven’t heard anything about it prior to now.

Here are the players available for the Sixers vs. the Nuggets:

Tyrese Maxey
Danny Green
Dwight Howard
Tony Bradley
Isaiah Joe
Dakota Mathias
Paul Reed
Mike Scott

UPDATE: Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, Danny Green, Shake Milton and Matisse Thybulle are among the regulars who are questionable to play Saturday afternoon vs. the Denver Nuggets.

UPDATE: Jan. 8, 2:22 p.m. — Multiple Sixers players are expected to miss time due to contact tracing after Seth Curry tested positive for Covid-19 during Thursday’s game vs. the Nets.

The Philadelphia 76ers had a player test positive for Covid-19 during Thursday’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets and the entire team is currently quarantined in New York, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported. The Sixers just suffered an embarrassing loss to the Nets, who were without both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. It’s unclear which player tested positive and whether or not the Nets are also quarantining as a result.

Update: ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Sixers G Seth Curry is the player who tested positive during the game. The good thing is Curry was ruled out prior to the game and did not play. Woj says that he immediately went to an isolation room and left the arena separate of the rest of the team. Obviously, we hope he is fine and isn’t showing symptoms and hasn’t spread the coronavirus to anyone else.

Update: Sixers All-Star center Joel Embiid says he will self quarantine away from his family until he is certain he doesn’t have Covid-19, per ESPN.

The Sixers next game is Saturday against the Denver Nuggets. We’ll have to see how contact tracing goes and if any other players end up testing positive. This could get a bit messy, though. You’d have to think the Nets need to do the same thing and if someone on their side tests positive, we could be looking at a small outbreak. Hopefully that isn’t the case and the Sixers were able to isolate the player and get everyone else quarantined and tested.