Sixers Provide Updates on Simmons, Bayless, Covington

NEW YORK, NY – Prior to Wednesday’s season finale against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, the 76ers provided a series of updates on several of their players.

On Tuesday, Ben Simmons visited with Dr. Martin O’Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, where the 20-year old received a CT scan and an x-ray. Based on the favorable results of the imaging, Dr. O’Malley has cleared Simmons to increase his on-court loading toward a progression to return to full basketball activities.

Jerryd Bayless also visited the Hospital for Special Surgery Tuesday. He was examined by Dr. Michelle Carlson, and received an x-ray. Given the results, the veteran combo guard has been cleared to begin utilization of his left hand in basketball activities, as he too increases his on-court loading toward a progression to return to full basketball activities.

Signed by the Sixers last summer, Bayless appeared in three games, making one start, the week of Thanksgiving. A left wrist ligament injury prevented him from playing the rest of the year.

Lastly, the Sixers announced that a decision was made for Robert Covington to undergo surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his left knee. Details of the procedure will be finalized in the coming days.

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