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Prized freshman Ben Simmons misses first LSU practice with sore ankle

LSU freshman Ben Simmons sat out the Tigers' opening practice of the season Monday with a sore ankle.

Yes, Ben Simmons missed LSU basketball's first practice of the season with a sore ankle.

No, the sky is not falling and there's no need to refund those 2015-16 tickets, Tiger fans.

Simmons, the top Bayou Bengal signee in a generation, is day-to-day with a sore ankle, termed "minor" by LSU hoops publicist Kent Lowe.

Junior Brian Bridgewater also sat out the team's opening practice with a leg injury that he's been dealing with dating back to this summer, when it limited his playing time on the team's trip to Australia in August.

Both Simmons and Bridgewater are expected to rejoin the team in short order.

The Tigers, under fourth-year head coach Johnny Jones, will get 30 practices in 42 days leading up to the season opener. Simmons, a versatile forward capable of playing all over the floor, is projected by many to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft next summer.

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