Ben Simmons injury update: 76ers star out indefinitely with partial dislocation of left kneecap

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The Philadelphia 76ers will be without Ben Simmons for the foreseeable future. The All-Star forward suffered a subluxation of the left knee cap against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday afternoon, the team announced on Thursday. Simmons is currently evaluating various treatment options, and will be sidelined indefinitely in the meantime. The good news for the Sixers is that Simmons’ MRI showed no ligament damage, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. 

Philadelphia coach Brett Brown says the team will have a better understanding of Simmons’ timeline in the next 24 hours, per Tim Bontemps of ESPN.

The injury occurred late in the third quarter of the contest against the Wizards. Simmons grabbed an offensive rebound, dribbled out to the corner, and dumped the ball down to Al Horford in the post. Horford was called for an offensive foul on the play, and after the whistle, Simmons started flexing his leg, and checked out of the game. He then made his way to the locker room, followed by Sixers GM Elton Brand.

The injury is obviously a tough blow for Simmons, especially considering the fact that he worked extremely hard while the season was suspended to ensure that he was able to return to action for his team. Back in February, prior to the league shutting down, Simmons was sidelined with nerve impingement in his lower back. At the time, it wasn’t clear when he was going to be able to return, but the four-plus months of no games gave him plenty of time to recover. The Sixers will be able to complete their eight-game seeding slate without Simmons, but they will certainly hope to have him back before postseason play gets underway. 

The Sixers beat the Wizards on Wednesday to move to 41-27, and 2-1 inside the bubble. They’re now one game back of the Indiana Pacers for fifth place in the Eastern Conference, and two games back of the Miami Heat for fourth. 

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