After being ruled out for the next two games by the Sixers prior to the matchup with the Raptors in Philly on Thursday night, Joel Embiid was ruled questionable, then probable, and then out for the game.

On Friday afternoon, Jon Johnson reported that the center would be traveling to Toronto for the second half of the Sixers' home-and-home series with the Raptors on Saturday.

Now this doesn't mean that Embiid will necessarily play for the team on Saturday, as it seemed pretty clear what his role was going to be once he was originally ruled out.

The Sixers don't want to take many chances with their star, especially when he was noticeably hurt after playing 49 minutes against the Thunder last Friday night. The Sixers have a big game on Christmas Day on Monday at Madison Square Garden with the Knicks. They wouldn't want their best player to miss out.

Embiid isn't one to usually travel on the road when he's been ruled out, but he more than likely will just be traveling with the team to just sit on the bench and get himself ready for Monday night's game.

But it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if the Sixers end up upgrading Embiid to probable once again just to rule him out after warmups.

Whatever the overall plan is, it's a good sign for the team to bring Embiid along, as it shows that he is in the process of recovery and on the road back to playing again, trying to lift the Sixers back out of their losing ways and on the track to winning again.

Josh Liddick is Sixers managing editor for Follow him on Twitter @JoshLiddickTalk.

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