Ben Simmons of Nets to Stay Out for Another Two Weeks Due to Back Injury

Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons will remain out for at least another two weeks due to a nerve impingement in his lower back.
‣ Despite receiving an epidural shot, Simmons is still not running at full speed in practices and is expected to miss more than a month.
‣ Simmons, who is the highest-paid player on the Nets with a base salary of $37.89 million, has only played in six games this season due to his injury.

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Ben Simmons, the guard for the Brooklyn Nets, is still on the bench. ESPN’s Tim Bontemps tells us that he’s gonna be out for at least another fortnight. The Nets’ coach, Jacque Vaughn, mentioned that Simmons got an epidural shot in the past week.

But here’s the thing. Simmons ain’t running at full speed yet, not even in practices. The nerve impingement in his lower back has had him sidelined since early November. Looks like he’s gonna be out for more than a month now.

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Jacque Vaughn, the Nets coach, confirmed that Simmons got the epidural shot within the past week. But he ain’t running full-speed yet. The next update? That’s gonna be in a couple of weeks.

“The epidural happened within the course of this week here,” Vaughn said before hosting the Orlando Magic on a Saturday night. “It was just a part of his getting back to playing, and that is a part of his treatment, a part of his strengthening that was just a part of his getting back to a position of joining us. No setbacks.

Right now, Simmons is still doing low-level stuff on the court. No rebounding drills, no sprinting up the floor. Then, in two weeks, you’ll continue to strengthen it and we’ll have something hopefully for you then.”

Simmons hasn’t played since Nov. 6, when he got injured during a game at Barclays Center against the Milwaukee Bucks. He’s a two-time All-Defensive member and recorded two points, four assists, and a season-high 15 rebounds in that game.

The three-time All-Star finished that matchup, but missed the next couple of games. Brooklyn’s medical staff initially described it as “left hip soreness.” In mid-November, the NBA determined he suffered a nerve impingement injury in his lower left side of his back at some point this season. Simmons was diagnosed with a herniated disk in his back in March 2022.

Last season, an MRI revealed inflammation in his back as well. In six games this season, Simmons has averaged a career-low 6.5 points, a career-high 10.8 rebounds, 6.7 assists, and 31.8 minutes per game. Before his injury, he was also shooting 52.8% from the floor.

Simmons is currently the highest-paid Nets player. His base salary of $37.89 million for this season consumes almost 23% of Brooklyn’s salary cap. He’s slated to make $40.33 million in 2024-25.

Cam Johnson is the second highest-paid Brooklyn player this season at $25.67 million. In June, Johnson agreed to a four-year, $108 million deal to remain with the Nets.

Over two seasons, Simmons has played only 48 games and 1,296 minutes in a Nets uniform.

James Shotwell
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