The Washington Wizards have announced that Bradley Beal will be out for at leat two weeks with the “beginnings of a stress fracture in his right tibia.” This, obviously, is bad news for the Wizards.
Beal has had a history of injury problems, particularly of this nature. He has had four stress reactions, one to the left leg and now three to the right. In February of this year, J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic did a piece outlining Beals’ injury history citing:
Nov . 26: In his second NBA season, Beal misses the first of nine games after a second stress reaction in seven months was found on his right fibula again and is projected to miss two weeks. This one, however, was on a higher spot on his bone. “It’s been lingering for about a week. I thought it was calf soreness for a while,” he said. “Then it kind of escalated a little bit more. It felt like it felt the same way, similar to what it did last year, as far as the doctors touching it, pushing it. I ended up getting the MRI yesterday. It was definitely some stress reaction. It’s not the same injury as last year. It’s not a re-injury or anything like that.”
Feb. 1, 2014: Beal went for an MRI after practice to determine if he was ready to play extended minutes and he told CSN that the results showed progress and he’d get a bump over the 30-minute limit he played with for the previous 23 games since returning from his second stress reaction. Beal eventually was cleared to compete in the Three-Point Shootout at All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.
And now this. The repetition of the same injury to the same area has to be disconcerting to the Wizards, and it’s certainly not going to help them climb back into the playoff race.