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Philadelphia 76ers All-Star guard Ben Simmons suffered a Grade 1 AC joint sprain in his right shoulder during the team’s loss to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday and will miss Friday’s game against the Denver Nuggets, according to multiple reports.
Simmons is set to be re-evaluated Sunday ahead of the Sixers’ game against the Charlotte Hornets, but Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported Thursday that he’s expected to miss the team’s next three games.
Considering how early it is in the season, an overabundance of caution is the prudent approach. The last thing the Sixers need is for Simmons to rush back and aggravate the injury, further extending his time on the sidelines.
Besides, the Sixers’ schedule softens up considerably after Friday’s tilt against Denver. While they’ve faced the league’s sixth-toughest slate to date, their six games after the Nuggets come against teams .500 (Charlotte Hornets) or below (Cleveland Cavaliers twice, Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Knicks).
In the meantime, head coach Brett Brown must figure out how to replace one of the NBA’s most unique players. After all,