76ers rookie Simmons fractures bone in foot

Philadephia 76ers rookie forward Ben Simmons fractured a bone in his right foot, the team announced Friday.

Simmons, the No. 1 overall pick out of LSU, rolled his right ankle during the final scrimmage of the team’s training camp at Stockton University.

X-rays and an MRI revealed the fracture in the fifth metatarsal bone of the Australia native’s foot.

It was unclear how long he will be sidelined.

“Further medical evaluation and treatment options are being considered at this time and additional updates will be provided when appropriate,” the team said in a statement.

In almost all cases, the fracture of the foot’s fifth metatarsal is known as a Jones fracture, according to ESPN medical analyst Dr. Mark Adickes. Athletes with this injury typically undergo surgery.

The estimated time frame for a full recovery from surgery is around eight weeks, acccording to Dr. Adickes.

Simmons is a 6-foot-10 point forward who averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists during his only season at LSU before declaring for the draft.

He missed time early during his stay with the Tigers while waiting for an ankle injury to heal, and also left an NBA Summer League contest in July after suffering cramps in both legs.

On Monday, Simmons spoke with reporters at 76ers media day about his new strength regimen that saw him gain around 33 pounds since leaving LSU.

“I’m a lot stronger [now],” said Simmons, who was listed at 240 pounds while at LSU but said Monday that he weighed 217 before the June 23 draft. “I’m at the point where I want to cut down a little bit and play at a nice weight. Physically just being out there, guys are a lot stronger than in college, but I’m also a lot stronger than I was in college, so it’s just about taking hits and bumps or whatever it is and finishing at the rim.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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