Monday was an off-day for the Washington Wizards, but that didn’t make it a slow news day in the nation’s capital. First, lottery pick Otto Porter returned to practice for the first time since injuring his hip, and now, there is some less than positive news about 2nd-year shooting guard Bradley Beal.
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J. Michael of CSN Washington is reporting that Beal underwent an MRI on Monday, just hours after complaining of lower leg soreness on the right side. The troubling part about this ailment is that it isn’t a new ailment for Beal, who famously missed time as a result of stress fracture in the leg last season.
Details on the injury are fairly sketchy at this point, but multiple rumors are circulating (including from ESPN’s Bill Simmons) that the team is fearful of a long-term absence for Beal. The 20-year-old shooting guard is averaging 20.6 points per game this season in over 40 minutes per game (wow), and if he can’t play for a long period, that will put extra pressure on John Wall and company to improve on their already suspect 5-8 record.
Stay tuned for details as they emerge.