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Nets' Simmons out at least 2 more weeks after epidural injection in back

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NEW YORK (AP) — Ben Simmons is expected to miss at least two more weeks as the Brooklyn Nets guard works his way back from his latest back injury.

The Nets said Saturday that Simmons received an epidural injection as part of the planned rehabilitation from a pinched nerve in his lower back that he sustained Nov. 6. The Nets added that Simmons is improving and will continue with strengthening exercises.

However, it appears the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft is still a ways off from real basketball work. Coach Jacque Vaughn said Simmons is doing low-level work on his own, with no sprinting up the court or rebounding drills.

The Nets said Simmons' status would be updated again in approximately two weeks.

Simmons' last two seasons were cut short because of back injuries and he had surgery to remove a small fragment of a herniated disk following the 2021-22 season. He was averaging 6.5 points, 10.8 rebounds and 6.7 assists in six games before missing the last 11.



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