Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons rolled his ankle on Friday, with tests showing a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone of his right foot. According to a report from ESPN’s Marc Stein, team doctors believe that Simmons suffered an acute injury that doesn’t pertain to increased weight, and that surgery is scheduled for next week.
The estimated time frame for a full recovery from this given surgery is about three months.
It is the same turn of events for Simmons as it was in 2014 with former Kansas Jayhawk and current teammate Joel Embiid. He had to be sidelined for the duration of two full seasons in order to nurse a foot injury, and now Embiid is hoping 2016 will mark his NBA debut, barring anymore catastrophe.
Simmons, a former standout for the LSU Tigers, averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and two steals in his lone season in Baton Rouge. The No. 1 overall pick recently said he added 33 pounds over the last few months, but that’s been disputed and the injury isn’t related to any weight gain.
Rather, Simmons suffered the injury when he landed on the foot of teammate Shawn Long during a scrimmage on Friday. The Sixers are sure to play it extremely safe with this injury, just like they did with Embiid and the knee injury of Nerlens Noel several years ago.
There was a lot of optimism surrounding the Sixers heading into camp, but now trusting the process becomes a whole lot harder with the news of this looming surgery and timetable.