Ben Simmons' Season Reportedly in Doubt After New CT Scan Results

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2017

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 30: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers sits on the bench prior to the game against the Sacramento Kings at the Wells Fargo Center on January 30, 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 rookie Ben Simmons has yet to play this season due to a foot injury and could remain on the sidelines for the foreseeable future.

According to John Barchard of Sports Radio 94 WIP, Simmons might miss the rest of the season after Thursday's CT scan didn't go as planned.

The team announced plans for the scans last week.

The 2016 No. 1 overall draft pick underwent surgery for a Jones fracture in his right foot in October, a procedure that often takes three to four months for recovery.

However, his return date has continually been pushed back. 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo told CSN Philly in January (h/t Brian Seltzer of Sixers.com) that Simmons was supposed to get a "final scan," but the injury was apparently not fully healed, per Keith Pompey of Philly.com.

"We do expect him to play this year," head coach Brett Brown said last week, per Jessica Camerato of CSNPhilly.com. "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."

Simmons playing this season may be unlikely with only 26 games remaining.

The Crossover captured a possibly telling Snapchat from Simmons:

Philadelphia has shown patience when it comes to its top picks being injured, most notably holding Joel Embiid out for two years before he made his debut this season. Considering the squad remains far from playoff contention, it wouldn't be surprising to see Simmons held out the rest of the year in order to be fully healthy in 2017-18.

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