Ben Simmons’ sta­tus re­mains un­cer­tain

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - SPORTS - By Jack McCaf­fery jm­c­caf­fery@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Jack­McCaf­fery on Twit­ter

The sta­tus of Ben Simmons, who has not played a game for the 76ers this sea­son, will re­ceive some clar­ity af­ter a Feb. 23 CT scan, team pres­i­dent Bryan Colan­gelo said in a state­ment Thurs­day.

The sta­tus of Ben Simmons, who has not played a game for the 76ers this sea­son, will re­ceive some clar­ity af­ter a Feb. 23 CT scan, team pres­i­dent Bryan Colan­gelo said in a state­ment Thurs­day.

Simmons sus­tained a Jones frac­ture in his right foot in train­ing camp. The Six­ers have not spec­i­fied a date for his re­turn.

Ac­cord­ing to a philly.com re­port from New Or­leans, where the NBA is pre­par­ing for its All-Star Week­end, Simmons will visit the Hos­pi­tal for Spe­cial Surgery in New York for an up­date. That could be as soon as Mon­day, the re­port said. The re­port added that a Jan. 23 scan re­vealed that the frac­ture had not fully healed.

“We con­tinue to mon­i­tor the re­cov­ery of Ben’s in­jury,” Colan­gelo said, “and are em­ploy­ing a con­ser­va­tive and thought­ful ap­proach to his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram, bas­ing his re­turn to full bas­ket­ball ac­tiv­ity on the ad­vice and di­rec­tion of med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als.”

Simmons has been en­gag­ing in mod­est bas­ket­ball ac­tiv­ity at the Six­ers’ Cam­den train­ing cen­ter. He has not re­sumed full­con­tact bas­ket­ball.

Head coach Brett Brown has said the rookie point guard will need a min­i­mum of five full prac­tices, ei­ther with the Six­ers or some of their mi­nor-league play­ers or coach­ing staff, be­fore be­ing per­mit­ted to play in an NBA game. Simmons has not been cleared for that ac­tiv­ity.

“His next CT scan is sched­uled for Fe­bru­ary 23,” Colan­gelo said, “af­ter which our med­i­cal team will thor­oughly re­view and eval­u­ate his sta­tus mov­ing for­ward.”

Simmons was the No. 1 over­all pick the last draft. The Six­ers have had a crit­i­cal player miss each of the pre­vi­ous four sea­sons, in­clud­ing An­drew Bynum in 2013, Ner­lens Noel in 2014 and Joel Em­biid in 2015 and 2016. The lat­est blast of promised cau­tion sug­gests the pos­si­bil­ity that Simmons could ex­tend that streak to five sea­sons.

“Ben’s long-term health,” Colan­gelo said, “re­mains our pri­mary con­cern.”

The Six­ers have reached the All-Star break. They will next play Feb. 24 when the Wash­ing­ton Wizards visit the Wells Fargo Cen­ter.

RICK BOWMER - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

76ers No. 1 draft pick Ben Simmons will have a CT scan on his in­jured foot next week.

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