76ers' Ben Simmons Reportedly Without Timetable to Return from Back Injury

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IFebruary 25, 2020

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - FEBRUARY 22:  Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers waits for a pass during the first half of a game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum on February 22, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 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 Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia 76ers All-Star point guard Ben Simmons will miss at least two weeks after he suffered a nerve impingement in his lower back, according to The Athletic and Stadium's Shams Charania

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski added, "There's no timeline for a Simmons return, but an evaluation in two weeks is more of an initial benchmark date than an expectation of a quick return to the lineup."

Simmons initially tweaked his back in the Sixers' first practice after the All-Star break. He missed the team's 112-104 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday but returned to the floor during Saturday's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks

However, Simmons was forced to leave the loss early after aggravating the back injury. 

According to Charania, Simmons "will undergo daily treatment and rehab after he consulted with several specialists internally and externally."

A two-time All-Star, Simmons has been superb for the Sixers this season as they seek to find some footing in a crowded Eastern Conference. 

To date, he's averaged 16.7 points, 8.2 assists, 7.8 rebounds and a league-leading 2.1 steals per game while shooting 58.5 percent from the field. 

Shake Milton should handle more extensive duties at point guard for the time being, while the newly acquired Alec Burks figures to slot in as a secondary on-ball playmaker. 


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