4:20pm: Simmons is expected to be out of action for three months following surgery, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman (Twitter link).
SATURDAY, 1:43pm: The doctors who have examined Simmons believe he suffered an “acute injury” to the foot that was unrelated to his recent weight gain, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports (via Twitter). The current plan is for Simmons to undergo surgery this coming week, Stein adds.
FRIDAY, 5:40pm: The Sixers received some bad news today regarding forward Ben Simmons, who suffered a fractured bone in his right foot, the team relayed via press release. It’s unclear how long this malady will keep Simmons out of action, with the team saying that further medical evaluation and treatment options are currently being considered. Philadelphia will release a timetable for Simmons’ return once more information is available.
Simmons rolled his right ankle during the team’s scrimmage earlier today and was taken in for an MRI, which revealed the broken bone. It was determined that the rookie fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot. The forward becomes the latest lottery pick of the Sixers to have an injury interrupt or derail his rookie campaign, with Nerlens Noel sitting out his first season and Joel Embiid missing his first two campaigns in the league.
The No. 1 overall pick played six summer league games for Philly, averaging 10.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists. Simmons had averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists during his lone season at LSU.