NBA Report: Ben Simmons' Foot Might Not Be Fully Healed

By Richard Rickss, Posted: 02/17/17 01:42AM EST

The bad news just keeps on coming in a rough week for the Philadelphia 76ers. Ben Simmons, who suffered a Jones fracture in his right foot on Sept. 30, might not yet be fully healed.

Why Hasn't Ben Simmons played for Sixers?

According to Philly, the first overall pick Ben Simmons was scheduled to visit the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York next Thursday to determine if his right foot is fully healed. Simmons suffered a Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in the final day of training camp. The January doctor's visit revealed that an inside portion of the bone was not fully mended.

Simmons underwent surgery on the foot in New York on October 4th, and the normal recovery time for the injury is generally thought to be about three months, according to Philly Voice. But three months would have meant that Simmons would've returned in early January.

However, the Philadelphia 76ers did not plan to have Simmons take part in five-on-five activities during the upcoming all-star break. Even if the team was taking Simmons' rehab extra cautiously, considering the history of players like Kevin Durant rushing back from the injury, but this has taken quite a bit longer than anyone initially expected.

Philadelphia 76ers president Bryan Colangelo addressed the report on Thursday, saying: "We continue to monitor the recovery of Ben's injury and are employing a conservative and thoughtful approach to his rehabilitative program, basing his return to full basketball activity on the advice and direction of medical professionals,"

"His next CT scan is scheduled for February 23, after which our medical team will thoroughly review and evaluate his status moving forward. Ben's long-term health remains our primary concern," Colangelo added.

There is real value to playing Simmons this season. NBC reported that the 76ers will want to see what he can do within their system. They'll want to see how he fits with Joel Embiid, Dario Saric, and the other guards before this year's draft and free agency. But the most important thing, obviously, is not rushing Simmons back on the court.

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