Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington will miss the next two weeks after aggravating a sprained MCL that was initially suffered in the final game of the preseason, according to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Covington missed the first two games of the regular season because of the injury, which was suffered on Oct. 23, and he returned to the court in the Sixers’ 107-100 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. However, he played poorly, scoring just four points on 1-of-9 shooting overall and 0-of-5 from three.
Covington aggravated the injury in Tuesday’s practice and will now be sidelined again.
While Covington really struggled in his season debut, he’s a credible three-point threat, so losing that presence is a tough blow for a Sixers team that’s been woeful offensively. The 24-year-old shot 37.4 percent from three last year on over six attempts per game and is at 37 percent for his career.
It’s unclear who will get the start in Covington’s place, although Sixers head coach Brett Brown specifically mentioned JaKarr Sampson and Jerami Grant as players who will need to step up.