Bradley Beal's going to miss at least the next two weeks. (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)
There's some bad news out of the nation's capital on Tuesday morning, and it's got nothing to do with turkey Hunger Games (although, y'know, what?). Take it away, Washington Wizards:
The Washington Wizards announced today that guard Bradley Beal has been diagnosed with a stress injury to his proximal right fibula. He will miss the next two weeks and then be re-evaluated. The injury was diagnosed by team doctors following an MRI exam on Monday after Beal experienced soreness in his right leg.
If the "stress injury"/"right fibula" combination sounds familiar to you, it might be because Beal suffered a similar injury back in April that put him on the shelf for the final eight games of his rookie season. That injury, though, was to his "to his distal right fibula," according to the Wizards; as Michael Lee of the Washington Post explains, that means the spring injury was in the lower part of Beal's right calf bone and that the new one's in the upper part of the bone.
The two-week timeline is significantly shorter than the three months it took Beal to be medically cleared for basketball-related activities and the four months it took him to get back to five-on-five play, which could be construed as a positive sign. Then again, as Bullets Forever's Mike Prada notes, is really a "two weeks and then we'll see, who knows" timeline, dependent on the forthcoming re-evaluation, and the Wizards haven't had the best track record with this sort of thing; recall, if you will, that John Wall was set to miss eight weeks with a "stress injury" in his left knee last year but wound up sidelined nearly twice that long before returning in mid-January.
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For his part, Beal told reporters Tuesday that the injury was identified and addressed early enough that he doesn't believe it will be a major stumbling block, and that the pain he Read More »from Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal out at least two weeks with ‘stress injury’ in right leg