Basketball 76ers’ Ben Simmons Out Indefinitely With Preseason Set To Begin Soon by Jason Cordner October 1, 2016 (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant NBAE via Getty Images) Here we go again, 76ers fans. Stop me if you heard of this before. Just when you thought the Sixers were turning the corner, their number 1 pick Ben Simmons fractures a bone in his foot. Simmons was injured Friday during the final training-camp scrimmage at Stockton University in New Jersey. The injury occurred midway through a 12-minute, fourth-quarter simulation scrimmage. Ben Simmons fractured the fifth metatarsal bone. No timetable given. Further tests are schedule for tomorrow. 76ers Loaded with Talent but Also Injury Bug Simmons’ injury is the latest blow to a franchise that has been beset in recent years by injuries to their players. Joel Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in 2014, has yet to play because of surgeries on his right foot. Nerlens Noel missed his rookie year in 2013 with a torn ACL. Jahlil Okafor had his rookie season cut short with season-ending knee surgery on his right knee. This franchise just seems to be unable to shake off the injury bug. The Sixers Are Still Optimistic The Sixers’ staff has been giddy over Simmons so far. He had come to camp with a serious-minded approach, had seemed to come to chase greatness. Simmons averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 2.0 steals last season en route to being a consensus first-team all-American for LSU. That LSU team was awful. LSU didn’t make the NCAA Tournament but Simmons skills were constantly on display. Now, there could be surgery. There could be months lost. There’s no timetable on a recovery yet, but make no mistake: Simmons needed this Sixers season, the way the franchise assuredly needs him. The Sixers begin preseason play against Boston on Tuesday evening at the University of Massachusetts. Post Views: 1,203 The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Jason Cordner Latest posts by Jason Cordner (see all) Lebron James Leaves Coca-Cola To Sign With Pepsi - March 22, 2021 WNBA Rolling Out Red Carpet For Upcoming 25th Anniversary Season - March 16, 2021 Nike Partners with National Urban League to Promote Employment and Home Ownership for the Black Community - March 15, 2021 Rob Gronkowski Gets In On NFT Collection Movement, Becomes First Athlete To Do So - March 10, 2021 Related TopicsBasketballBen Simmonsdraft pickinjury bugPhiladelphia 76ersphillyPreseason Click to comment You must be logged in to post a comment Login Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Newsletter Subscription Can't Miss Posts! The Most Catastrophic Boat Trip Since the Titanic; the New York Giants by John Venezia | posted on October 4, 2020 Women in Sports: NHL Network Host, Jackie Redmond by Nicholas Durst | posted on March 4, 2019 Women in Sports: New York Mets In-Game Host, Emily Reppert by Luke Porco | posted on March 8, 2019 Exclusive Interview: SNY Personality, Maria Marino, Shares Career Journey (VIDEO) by Sunil Sunder Raj | posted on January 28, 2021 XFL Co-Owner Dany Garcia Talks Business, Serving Others at espnW Women + Sports Summit by Candace Cordelia | posted on October 23, 2020 More in Basketball You Know I’m Right, Episode 111: New York Giants’ Insider John Schmeelk (Audio/Video) On the 111th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 107: New York Post’s Columnist Mike Vaccaro (Audio/Video) On the 107th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 97: SNY’s Michelle Margaux (Audio/Video) On the 97th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined SNY’s... WNBA Rolling Out Red Carpet For Upcoming 25th Anniversary Season The WNBA’s 25th season also marks the debut of the WNBA Commissioner’s Cup. With Rene Rivera, Mets’ install a veteran presence behind the plate What is Mark Teixeira’s legacy as his final Yankees at-bat approaches?