The Philadelphia 76ers announced in a statement that rookie forward Ben Simmons had surgery on his foot Tuesday and confirmed that the injury was a Jones fracture, the worst case scenario for their highly-touted rookie.
The Jones fracture is a notorious injury in sports, particularly among NBA players. Kevin Durant suffered a Jones fracture and played just 27 games during the 2014-15 season, and Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets also suffered a Jones fracture that has effectively changed the trajectory of his career.
When the team announced last week that Simmons had fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, they did not specify whether it was a Jones fracture.
Now that this has been confirmed, it raises doubts about whether or not Simmons will be able to play this season.
The Sixers did not give a timetable for his return.
The Philadelphia 76ers announced today that forward Ben Simmons underwent successful surgery to repair an acute Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal of his right foot. Simmons suffered the injury when he rolled his ankle after landing on the foot of another player during a 76ers team scrimmage on September 30, 2016.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Martin O’Malley, Associate Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon and Fellowship Director of the Foot and Ankle Service at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Dr. Jonathan Glashow, Sixers Chief Medical Officer and Co-Chief of Sports Medicine Orthopedics at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center, assisted with the procedure.
Simmons’ rehabilitation will fall under the supervision of Sixers Director of Performance Research and Development Dr. David T. Martin.
“Our sports performance and medical staff was debriefed by Dr. O’Malley following the procedure, and we were encouraged by the positive feedback,” 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.”
Additional information regarding Simmons’ recovery and return to play timetable will be provided as available and when appropriate.
With Simmons out, he becomes the latest Philadelphia lottery pick to miss time with an injury. Nerlens Noel missed what would have been his rookie year with an ACL injury, and Joel Embiid is only expected to make his NBA debut this season after two full seasons recovering from his own foot injuries.
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