PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Ben Simmons underwent successful surgery on his foot, the team announced on Tuesday.
Simmons, the Sixers’ first overall pick, had surgery to repair an acute Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal of his right foot. The 20-year-old rolled his ankle during a team scrimmage last Friday.
“Our sports performance and medical staff was debriefed by Dr. O’Malley following the procedure, and we were encouraged by the positive feedback,” Sixers Director of Performance Research and Development Dr. David T. Martin said. “Moving forward, a comprehensive return to court program will be implemented for Ben, and we will closely monitor his progress throughout the rehabilitation process.”
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The timetable for Simmons’ return is still unknown. Sixers reporter Bob Cooney reported that a source told him that Simmons’ agent, Rich Paul, wants to hold out Simmons for the entire 2016-17 season.
“There’s an agent that wants his client healthy for the rest of his career, so maybe he gets guided one way into they want him out for the season,” Cooney said Tuesday on the 94WIP Mike & Ike Show. “Or, you get a medical staff that might say after 12 weeks, you know what this healed a lot better than we though, you look like you’re good to go. And then you move forward.