There’s finally some good news on the Ben Simmons injury front. Simmons himself has confirmed a CT scan taken on his foot on Tuesday had indeed come back clean.
We’ll take you through the timeline of today’s events for a little background info.
Early Tuesday morning, Howard Eskin reported Simmons would undergo a CT scan to determine if his broken right foot was fully healed. It was his first publicly known scan since Feb. 23.
Big day for #Sixers @BenSimmons25. Sources tell me will have a bone scan 2day right foot to determine if it's fully healed. @SportsRadioWIP— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) April 11, 2017
Later in the afternoon, Simmons posted a tweet seemingly alluding to the scan going well.
✅— Ben Simmons (@BenSimmons25) April 11, 2017
Simmons officially confirmed the news with this video.
.@bensimmons25 speaks, is cleared: "Green check. We live." pic.twitter.com/td44QfVvNT— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) April 12, 2017
“Obviously I had my scan today,” Simmons said. “Green check. We live. I’m looking forward to getting back on the court, and I’m looking forward to a big season with the Sixers.”
This news comes three months later than anticipated, but it should be a sigh of relief that Simmons is firing on all cylinders going into the summer. The next step for the 20-year-old would be to participate in five-on-five scrimmages, and ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported he is cleared to do so. Windhorst also mentioned that Simmons is not expected to play in Summer League, something he also reported on television back in February.
Ben Simmons has been cleared for 5-on-5 work after a clean scan on his right foot today. But he is not expected to play in summer league.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) April 12, 2017
Head coach Brett Brown said on Tuesday that it “would be good” if Simmons played Summer League, but stated its not a prerequisite for him to be ready for the 2017-18 season.
Regardless of how the season plays out this summer, all signs point to Simmons actually putting on a Sixers jersey in October.