Report: Ben Simmons’ X-Ray Comes Back Negative
The Philadelphia 76ers have hit their first bump in the road during the 2019-2020 season. After remaining as the last team to stay undefeated, the Sixers couldn't keep the streak alive this past Monday night as they took a loss to the Phoenix Suns.
They looked to bounce back on Wednesday night against Utah. The Sixers were fortunate enough to get their starting center, Joel Embiid, back into the mix after his suspension, but as they got Embiid back, they would soon lose Ben Simmons to an injury.
Simmons' injury mishap wasn't obvious since he remained in the game after dealing with some shoulder soreness. As Simmons kept grabbing for his shoulder during downtime though, it became evident the star point guard wasn't feeling great physically.
Eventually, the Sixers had to pull Simmons out of the game so he could get himself evaluated by the medical staff. Moments later, the Sixers officially ruled Simmons out of the game with an injury that was described as a sprained AC joint. The team had plans to evaluate Simmons on Thursday morning in Denver.
According to Yahoo Sports' NBA Insider Chris Haynes, Simmons' X-rays came back as negative for his injury, which is excellent news. While Simmons hasn't received a definitive diagnosis as of now, the first phase of his evaluations is positive. Now, the Sixers are reportedly moving forward and looking to re-evaluate the point guard once again to determine whether he will play against the Denver Nuggets on Friday night or not. At this moment, Simmons' status is still up in the air.