Ben Simmons Breaks Bone In Foot, No Timetable For Return

UPDATE (Sunday, October 2): A new report from ESPN states that Simmons will undergo surgery next week and is expected to miss at least three months:

The No. 1 overall pick is expected to miss about three months, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, which would peg his return in December or possibly even January.


Sources told ESPN on Saturday that doctors involved believe Simmons suffered an acute injury — caused by landing on another player’s foot — and not a stress reaction, and that the Sixers are supportive of a conservative timetable for his recovery.


Original Story: Just as things were looking up in Philly, the 76ers got hit with another dose of bad news. Prized rookie and No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons has fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot. There is currently no timetable for his return.

More from the Sixers below:

Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons rolled his right ankle during the final scrimmage of the team’s 2016 Training Camp at Stockton University earlier today. 


After receiving an X-ray and MRI of the foot and ankle, the images were reviewed by Sixers Head Physician Dr. Christopher Dodson and Sixers Chief Medical Officer and Co-Chief of Sports Medicine Orthopedics at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center Dr. Jonathan Glashow. 


It was determined that Simmons suffered a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone of his right foot. 


Further medical evaluation and treatment options are being considered at this time and additional updates will be provided when appropriate. 

Simmons’ injury is particularly disheartening for the Sixers, who will finally get to see Joel Embiid on the court after he missed his first two years with an injury. Along with Embiid, former first round pick Dario Saric will also touch the court for the first time as a Sixer after staying in Europe for two seasons after being drafted in 2014.

In the past, a fifth metatarsal break has sidelined players like Bill Walton, Brook Lopez, Kevin Durant, CJ McCollum and Yao Ming for an extended period of time.

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