August 16, 2022

Washington Wizards: Bradley Beal OUT at least two weeks with beginnings of stress reaction in lower right fibula

Bradley Beal sat out of Friday night’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans with soreness in his right leg. Even though Randy Wittman claimed that it might have been for precautionary reasons, the Washington Wizards released a statement today.

“Wizards guard Bradley Beal has been diagnosed with the beginnings of a stress reaction in his lower right fibula.  He will miss the next two weeks and then be re-evaluated.  The injury was initially diagnosed following an MRI yesterday and confirmed today after further testing.”

(Photo by: USA Today)

(Photo by: USA Today)

This is the same injury that kept Beal out of eight games last season and the third injury to his right leg in his short career. Beal will likely to miss at least seven additional games with this current injury, with the earliest possible return on Dec. 28 against the Los Angeles Clippers and Paul Pierce’s return to DC.

Beal has appeared in 17 games for the Wizards this season, averaging 19.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 36.5 minutes per game. It is possible that Beal suffered this injury against Phoenix on Dec. 4 when P.J. Tucker fell backwards onto his legs.

John Wall has shown he is capable of playing at a high level in December, after recovering from an ankle injury suffered early in the season, but the Wizards (9-12) will be desperate for their top shooting guard’s return.

As the third overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, Beal has so much potential that has not been unleashed because of injuries. Wall went through a similar situation and Wizards fans are certainly glad he has put that in the past. In a contract year, Washington and Beal both hope that the Florida product can get back as soon as possible.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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