By Sam Bush

The Sixers’ pre-Super Bowl practice yesterday was useful because:

All players presently with the club on its current road trip participated in the workout, including Robert Covington (right hand contusion) and Jahlil Okafor (right knee soreness), each of whom were sidelined for Saturday’s loss in Miami.

Coach Brett Brown said the two players, like the rest of their teammates, looked “good” both in body and mind.

Covington, who, after putting up a series of extra 3-point shots, was one of the last players to leave the gym Sunday, mostly confirmed Brown’s assessment, saying that he felt “pretty good shooting.” The third-year Sixer did acknowledge his hand was “still kind of sore,” and that he will continue to undergo treatment.

Brown said there’s “nothing to hide” in respect to the timetable for the Embiid’s recovery. The head coach indicated Embiid could be cleared to return to the Sixers in the “not-too-distant future.”

The organization has no intent to rush the rookie back prematurely.

“When we all hear me and others talk about that extreme caution, it shouldn’t surprise anybody,” Brown said Sunday. “In fact, I think people should get upset if they heard anything else but that, given where we’re at right now. We take it to the extreme on managing Joel Embiid’s health, and this is a reflection of that.”

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