According to multiple Sixers reporters who all tweeted the same quotes at the same time, Sixers coach Brett Brown says that center Joel Embiid has a torn ligament in his hand.

Here’s Philly Voice reporting key additional news:

An hour after the initial announcement, in which they gave no timetable for his return and said Embiid was still evaluating his options, a Sixers team spokesman told reporters Embiid would be having surgery to correct the issue. The surgery will take place in New York on Friday, and the Sixers say Embiid will be reevaluated in one-to-two weeks time.

That should not be accepted as an expected return timeframe. Recovery from torn ligaments in the hand can take anywhere 3-12 weeks, with 6-8 weeks being considered a relatively standard timeline.

At this point, anyone watching the Sixers is used to this. The team is used to playing both with and without him.

We’ll post an update when a more clear timetable for Embiid’s return is announced.