Ben Simmons' Foot Injury Reportedly Hasn't Fully Healed After Surgery

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 16, 2017

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 11: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers warms up prior to the game against the New York Knicks at the Wells Fargo Center on January 11, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons suffered a fractured right foot during training camp, but a recent scan reportedly showed the rookie isn't ready to suit up yet.  

Citing a source, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey reported that "a foot scan on Jan. 23 showed that his foot was not fully healed."

However, sources also told Pompey that Simmons will visit the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York next week to "determine if his right foot is fully healed."

Furthermore, Pompey wrote, "A source reiterated that the lack of full healing isn't a result of the on-court drills in which Simmons participates."

Sixers president Bryan Colangelo later released a statement regarding Simmons’ injury:

We continue to monitor the recovery of Ben’s injury and are employing a conservative and thoughtful approach to his rehabilitative program, basing his return to full basketball activity on the advice and direction of medical professionals. His next CT scan is scheduled for February 23, after which our medical team will thoroughly review and evaluate his status moving forward. Ben’s long-term health remains our primary concern.

Simmons has been practicing with the Sixers on a limited basis over the past few weeks, but he's yet to progress to the point where he's playing five-on-five. 

That said, head coach Brett Brown did say he expects Simmons to debut sometime after the All-Star break. 

"We do expect him to play this year," Brown said Wednesday, per's Jessica Camerato. "It is our expectation that he will get on a court. It’s moving slowly. It’s calculated. We’re trying to be very careful."

Brown added, "I feel like after the All-Star break, when he’s got a chance to begin practicing with us and start playing against actual defensive people and him guarding, then we will better judge on when that time frame is. But I think the path right now is solid.”

The Sixers used the first overall pick in the 2016 draft to select Simmons, hoping he would become a key piece in their rebuilding process.

The LSU product averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game during his only season at the collegiate level, and it's expected that he will operate as the team's primary ball-handler once he hits the hardwood.