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Eye injury expected to keep Sixers’ Nerlens Noel out for two games

The Philadelphia 76ers’ Nerlens Noel, pictured in a game against the Dallas Mavericks on Nov. 16, will miss at least two games with an eye injury.
The Philadelphia 76ers’ Nerlens Noel, pictured in a game against the Dallas Mavericks on Nov. 16, will miss at least two games with an eye injury. Associated Press

Nerlens Noel’s eye injury is not as significant as the Philadelphia 76ers might have thought.

The power forward was not with the team Monday night for the game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. The team does not expect him to play Wednesday night in Atlanta against the Hawks.

The Sixers said Noel suffered a corneal abrasion Sunday in the third quarter of their loss in Toronto. The 6-foot-11, 223-pounder was elbowed by Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry and was taken to an area hospital. The team wanted to make sure that Noel was cleared to fly to Chicago.

“Looking at light bothers him,” Coach Brett Brown said. “So he stayed back … to watch the game on TV. His only instruction tonight is he sends me a text at halftime and to make me a better coach, tell me what he sees.”

Being sidelined for possibly two games is better than what the Sixers expected. Tests revealed that Noel has only the corneal abrasion.

“So that is good news,” Brown said. “We did what we should have and (did) not put him immediately on a plane. We checked all of that.”

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