PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — As the preseason comes to an end on Friday night, the Sixers released medical updates on three players: Ben Simmons, Nerlens Noel and Jerryd Bayless.
To this point, the Sixers have clearly asserted themselves as one of the most injury-riddled group of youngsters in NBA history. Simmons was the prize of the off-season, but the disappointment of the preseason when he broke a bone if his foot, drawing questions about whether, or not he will be able to play at all this season.
The Sixers announced that Simmons underwent a successful surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot. Simmons has had a post operative exam and his sutures have been removed. The team said his recovery is being guided, day-by-day by the team’s director of performance research and development, Dr. David T. Martin as well as their director of physiotherapy and clinical diagnostics Scott Epsley.
There is still no set timetable for Simmons’ return to the court.
The team also announced an update for Nerlens Noel who has not been on the court since the first preseason game. The team reported that Noel was experiencing soreness in his left knee on October 6.
Specialists informed the team that the source of soreness was an inflamed plica. Noel decided to go ahead with a minor surgical procedure in the upcoming days.
Sixers fans have also yet to see free agent acquisition Jerryd Bayless. He’s been limited in camp with a left wrist injury. The team said it is a ligament injury and Bayless will be re-evaluated in two weeks.