There isn't much encouraging news coming out about Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons' injury. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

76ers star Ben Simmons' knee injury worse than first thought?

The Philadelphia 76ers may be without star Ben Simmons longer than first thought.

Simmons left Wednesday's game versus the Washington Wizards with a non-contact left knee injury, and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the 24-year-old experienced "no swelling or pain" following the contest.

However, Wojnarowski, The Athletic's Shams Charania and other outlets confirmed on Thursday that Simmons is suffering from a subluxation of the left knee cap and is out indefinitely.

One positive is that an MRI showed no ligament damage.

The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor pointed out, though, that Simmons could potentially be sidelined for some time.

Dr. Brian Sutterer suggested Simmons' setback isn't as bad as the injury Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes suffered during the 2019 NFL season.

ESPN's Tim Bontemps also declined to speculate on Simmons' timetable or status. 

The playoffs are scheduled to begin Aug. 17. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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