Richardson out at least until late January

Jason Richardson will miss some time for the Sixers until January. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Jason Richardson won’t return to action anytime soon.

The 76ers guard suffered a season-ending left kneecap injury in January and will miss at least the first 2½ months of this season.

“We are pushing late January, early February, hopefully to see how mentally I’m doing and how physically I’m doing,” Richardson said. “But right now, we are in a slow process.”

The 13-year veteran has not been cleared to run at this time. He is riding an exercise bike, lifting weights and swimming.

“No impact stuff right now,” he said. “The doctor wants me to hold back on that. 

“I’m just taking my time right now and taking a slow approach to it.”

Richardson averaged 10.5 points and 3.8 rebounds while starting in all 33 games he played in during his first season with the Sixers.

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