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76ers Finally Knows How Long They Will Be Without Ben Simmons

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Earlier this week it was revealed that Philadelphia 76ers rookie forward Ben Simmons had suffered a broken foot in a team scrimmage. This has quickly shifted things in the wrong direction for the franchise. According to ESPN.com, the 76ers are expected to be without the services of their prized rookie for the next three months.

The No. 1 overall pick is expected to miss about three months, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, which would peg his return in December or possibly even January.

This is a significant blow to the franchise given all the hope that surrounds the 19-year-old entering his first season. He is regarded by many as the best prospect to enter the league since LeBron James. All of this has now come to a screeching halt for at least the time being.

That said, the 76ers must be careful with handling this injury and not rush him back to the court. It’s something that could linger on if not taken with proper care, which they had first-hand experience with Joel Embiid, who is just about to make his season debut after missing the last two seasons due to a foot injury. Philadelphia just has to keep the long-term future in mind before anything else.

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