Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal will miss "significant" time after suffering a wrist injury in a preseason game against the Charlotte Hornets Friday, according to CSN Washington's J. Michael. Nobody would give Michael a specific timetable because Beal and the team are still consulting with doctors, but he's also reporting that Beal has told his teammates he will be out for awhile.
Beal fell onto his wrist when he was fouled by P.J. Hariston in the first quarter of last night's game. He shot his two free throws, but was taken out of the game soon thereafter with what the Wizards called a sprain. Washington Post Wizards beat writer Jorge Castillo's report concurs with CSN Washington, and adds that a Wizards source called the injury "not good."
Shooting guard Martell Webster, Beal's primary backup and Washington's sixth man, has been sidelined for the past three months after back surgery and has yet to be cleared to practice. Forward Kris Humphries will also likely miss the beginning of the season after hand surgery.
Beal's brother Brandon gave a tl;dr of the situation for Wizards fans:
We've reached out to the Wizards for a more detailed timetable, and will update this post if we hear back.
Update: David Aldridge is reporting that Beal might've broken his wrist, and that he could miss the first month of the season.
Here's the official statement from the Wizards:
Wizards guard Bradley Beal underwent an MRI exam today that revealed a non-displaced fracture of the scaphoid bone in his left (non-shooting) wrist that will require surgery.
The injury occurred during the first quarter of Washington's preseason game against Charlotte in Greenville, SC, on October 10.
A timeline for Beal's recovery will be announced following his surgery.
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