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Sixers’ Robert Covington out another two weeks with knee setback

Robert Covington

Robert Covington


The Sixers’ Robert Covington missed the start of the season as he recovered from a sprained MCL in his right knee. Monday night he returned to the court and looked rusty (1-of-9 shooting) but played 22 minutes, looking like a guy ready to step back into the rotation.

Tuesday at practice he tweaked his knee again.

Now he’s out another two weeks, reports Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Covington missed the (current road) trip after aggravating his right MCL sprain during Tuesday’s practice. He’s expected to be sidelined around two weeks.

“What I learned is when you don’t have him, you appreciate really what he can do [for] us,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said, “because he does more than make threes. His ability to guard has improved. The ability to put him on [Bucks power forward] Jabari Parker or a small-ball four type has improved.”

Covington has been one of the good finds in the Sixers’ efforts to bring in a lot of players looking for a couple gets (read: future rotation players). He has good size and athleticism that lets him play and defend either the three or small fours. He can hit threes, and he’s been working on his ability to finish near the rim in traffic.

He’s a guy that can be part of the Sixers’ future — so you know they are going to be ultra cautious with bringing him back from injury. They’re willing to sacrifice some games to make sure he is right. Don’t pick him up on your fantasy team for a while.