Sources: Sixers don’t expect Simmons back soon

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Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons has a nerve impingement in his lower back and is expected be sidelined for an extended period of time, league sources tell ESPN.

Simmons is undergoing treatment and will be reevaluated in two weeks, but there’s little expectation that he would be close to a return to the Sixers’ lineup at that 14-day benchmark, sources said.

The Sixers and Simmons plan to be cautious with the back injury, and the organization is preparing to play an extended period of time without him, sources said.

There’s no timeline on a return, but doctors are hopeful that treatment can treat the nerve impingement over time.

Simmons, 23, left the loss to Milwaukee Saturday after suffering the injury after scoring a layup with eight minutes left in the first quarter — an injury that wasn’t related to the stiff back that had kept him out of a game last Thursday.

Simmons is averaging 16.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 8.3 assists this season. The 76ers, who are currently the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, finish the regular season April 15.

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