PHILADELPHIA -- Brett Brown sticks a depth chart on a sizable TV before every game thats patterned more like a traffic light than a simple in/out list scrawled on most NBA team chalkboards.Red. Cant go.Yellow. Can play, with minute restrictions.Green. Healthy, let `em rip.Joel Embiid has been stuck at the red light for two years in Tankadelphia at the corner of The Process and Progress just waiting ... waiting ... waiting for the light to flip to yellow and for his career to shift into drive.Embiid remains the light at the end of Daisys dock for a Philadelphia 76ers franchise that has bottomed out like few others in North American professional sports history. Hes ready to go green.All 7-foot-2, 275 pounds and -- of most importance -- two sturdy feet of Embiid have taken giant steps forward in the preseason toward proving hes more real deal than man of mystery. Embiid, out of Kansas, has played all six preseason games and has surpassed modest expectations, so Brown has hinted hes willing to consider lifting some restrictions he had placed on the big man. Embiid could play more than 20 minutes a game. He could play both games in back-to-back nights. He could actually post-up more than he posts on social media.Its been three years and the fact that Im healthy now and ready to get back on the court, I just cant wait, Embiid said.Embiid hasnt played since the 76ers made him the No. 3 overall pick of the 2014 draft because of recurring injuries to his right foot. He hasnt missed much -- the 76ers went 10-72 last season and Brown is 47-199 entering his fourth season.Embiids return should have set the benchmark in optimism for an organization that had shed salary and NBA talent at a rapid rate in exchange for lottery picks and cap room.But, they are the 76ers for a reason, and no season is easy.The Sixers might have been better off adding Doug Ross and Gregory House to Browns staff more than John Bryant. The Sixers have been struck by tough injuries year after year since Joshua Harris bought the team in 2011.The Sixers finally won big -- in the draft lottery -- and took no-brainer Ben Simmons as the No. 1 overall pick. Simmons lived up to a doomed Sixers tradition when he suffered a broken bone in his right foot and could miss at least three months.Under Harris ownership, projected cornerstones Andrew Bynum, Nerlens Noel and Embiid have all missed full seasons with injuries.Noel griped in training camp about the Sixers frontcourt logjam and is out indefinitely with a strained groin. Jahlil Okafor, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 draft, has yet to play in the preseason and the Sixers are hopeful he can play in the Oct. 26 opener against Oklahoma City. Okafor led the Sixers with 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in his rookie year before he was shut down in March for surgery on a torn right meniscus in his right knee. The Sixers said he was expected to resume basketball activities in about six weeks. He hasnt returned yet.Jerryd Bayless was signed as a free agent with the hope hed be the starting point guard but is out with a sore left wrist and no timetable on his return.This has not been even close to being a normal preseason, Brown said.Let Brown explain why:Your starting point guard isnt here.The first player chosen in the draft isnt here.You had three five men, now youve got one who plays 20 minutes a game.I could keep going on and on. Its not excuses. Its just reality, Brown added. You try different things.Here are some things to watch as the 76ers ready for another lousy season:---FEELING SOCIAL: Game highlights got you down? Embiid has become a fan favorite for a plethora of reasons but his social media accounts have been a huge hit. Embiid keeps the mood light on his Instagram account, JoelEmbiid, where he bills himself as, The Process. He called himself Tiger Hoods on a clip of his golf shot and captioned one game photo with Preparing to AirBall this shot...On Twitter at (at)JoelEmbiid, he teased the Australian-born Simmons about GOP candidate Donald Trumps policy during Wednesdays debate with a tweet that said, If he wins , hes gonna deport you.3 AT 5: OK, so say Embiid, Okafor and Noel are all healthy at the same time. Now what? Brown and team president Bryan Colangelo have said the glut of big men can be a good problem to have. Sure, because at least one of them is always injured. But should all three recover, theres no room at the frontcourt inn to give all three suitable playing time. Embiid isnt going anywhere at center. That leaves Embiid and Okafor fighting for minutes at power forward or backing up Embiid. Thats not good enough for either one of the former lottery picks.I dont see a way of it working, Noel said. Youve got three talented centers that can play 30-plus minutes a night and three centers cant play 30 minutes a night. Thats that. Things need to be situated. Obviously, somebodys got to be moved around. Its a tough situation, but I can only say so much because I have no say and no power.Who stays and who goes -- this season or next summer -- could shape the direction of the franchise.SIMMONS DOCUMENTARY: The Simmons documentary One and Done premieres on Showtime Nov. 4. The crux of the film is about Simmons lone season at LSU. Camo Panthers Jerseys . The Vikings announced Thursday that Priefer will be one of seven holdovers from the previous staff, along with offensive line coach Jeff Davidson, wide receivers coach George Stewart and others. Norv Turner will mark his 30th year of coaching in the NFL as the offensive co-ordinator, as widely reported for weeks, and George Edwards will be the defensive co-ordinator. Rashaan Gaulden Stitched Jersey . 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LANDOVER, Md. -- Kirk Cousins threw for two touchdowns, Preston Smith had two sacks and a game-altering interception, and the Washington Redskins beat the Minnesota Vikings 26-20 on Sunday for their first victory in almost a month.Washington (5-3-1) got all of its second-half points off the foot of Dustin Hopkins, who hit four field goals, including a 50-yarder. The Redskins shut out Minnesota (5-4) in the second half, and Smith sacked Sam Bradford in the final seconds to hand the Vikings their fourth consecutive loss.Cousins was 22 of 33 for 262 yards with touchdown passes to Vernon Davis and Jamison Crowder. Robert Kelley ran for 97 yards, helping Washington bounce back from a rough 6-minute stretch.Bradford was 31 of 39 for 307 yards, two touchdowns and the interception that Smith tipped and caught with 5:44 left. Stefon Diggs had 13 catches for 164 yards.DIGGS DISCOVEREDAfter zero targets in the first quarter, Diggs had six catches for 102 yards in the second quarter alone. The Maryland product burned rookie cornerback Kendall Fuller -- a former teammate at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland -- on a 26-yard gain .FUMBLES FOLLOWEven with former No. 1 running back Matt Jones demoted and made inactive in part because of fumbles, the Redskins butterfingers continueed.ddddddddddddChange-of-pace back Chris Thompson fumbled at his own 32-yard line with a minute left in the second quarter, setting up the Vikings third touchdown.GUTSY VIKINGSWith 5 seconds left before halftime, the Vikings opted to run a play from the Washington 3 instead of kicking a field goal. The gamble worked, with Bradford connecting with Adam Thielen on a touchdown pass that put Minnesota ahead.WALSH MISSES AGAINAfter Thielens touchdown, Blair Walsh shanked his extra-point attempt wide right. Walsh, who kept his job after Minnesota brought in six free-agent kickers for workouts, fell to 15 of 19 on the season (79 percent) on extra points.MISSING PIECESMinnesota was without rookie receiver Laquon Treadwell (hamstring) and cornerback captain Munnerlyn (ankle), while Washington didnt have receiver DeSean Jackson (shoulder), left tackle Trent Williams (suspension) and Jones (healthy). During the game, the Vikings lost left tackle Jake Long with a left leg injury, linebacker Eric Kendricks with a hip injury and cornerback Xavier Rhodes, who was evaluated for a concussion.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL China NFL Hoodies Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys Online Wholesale Jerseys 2018 Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '
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