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76ers Believe Ben Simmons Broken Foot Had Nothing to Do With 33lb Weight Gain

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia 76ers fans must continue to trust the process. Star rookie Ben Simmons is scheduled to undergo surgery next week on the broken bone he suffered Friday in his right foot, according to sources

Simmons, the No. 1 overall pick, is expected to miss about three months, or a January return, but Sixers brass are adamant that his injury came from landing wrong and not from gaining 33 pounds since June.

Sources told ESPN on Saturday that doctors involved believe Simmons suffered an acute injury — caused by landing on another player’s foot — and not a stress reaction, and that the Sixers are supportive of a conservative timetable for his recovery.

Two sources with knowledge of doctor examinations of Simmons said Saturday that the injury is an acute fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone caused when he landed on the foot of teammate Shawn Long during a Friday scrimmage at Stockton University in New Jersey. The Sixers, wracked by injuries to several top draftees in recent years, were initially hopeful Simmons merely rolled his ankle.

Last week, Simmons told reporters that he had gained 33 pounds since being drafted by Philadelphia, going from 217 pounds to 250 pounds this week when he reported to training camp.

-- Glenn Erby

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