Former LSU forward Ben Simmons reportedly will be out for a while.
As reported by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, the Philadelphia 76ers rookie will have surgery next week on a broken bone he sustained in his right foot on Friday. Simmons is expected to be out about three months, per Goodman.
Here’s more from the report:
Two sources with knowledge of doctor examinations of Simmons said Saturday that the injury is an acute fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone caused when he landed on the foot of teammate Shawn Long during a scrimmage Friday at Stockton University in New Jersey. The Sixers, wracked by injuries to several top draftees in recent years, were initially hopeful Simmons merely rolled his ankle.
This is a big blow for Simmons and the 76ers, who were expecting big things from the dynamic talent. This is no way to start a professional career, and if Simmons misses three months, that’s a significant amount of time away.
He will have to play catch-up quickly when healthy enough to do so.