Washington Wizards’ shooting guard Bradley Beal did not practice on Thursday after being diagnosed with a mild concussion, according to Candace Buckner of The Washington Post. Beal originally suffered the injury on Wednesday after taking an elbow to the head.
Ever since coming into the league in 2012-2013, the veteran shooting guard has been ravaged by injuries, averaging just 61.8 games per season. Last year, he missed 27 contests due to a stress reaction in his right leg, a recurring ailment that has plagued him for several years.
Beal, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Florida, was selected by the Wizards in the first-round (No. 3 overall) in the 2012 NBA Draft. He was expected to comprise a dynamic backcourt duo with point guard John Wall, but injuries have prevented both of them from being on the floor with one another consistently.
The 23-year-old averaged a career-high 17.4 points per game in 2015-2016, shooting 44.9 percent from the floor and 38.7 percent from three-point range. Over the course of his four-year NBA career, Beal has posted 16 points per game off of 42.6 percent shooting. He has connected on 39.7 percent of his long-rang attempts as well.
Washington is coming off a thoroughly disappointing 2015-2016 campaign in which the team missed the postseason for the first time since 2012-2013. Injuries across the board derailed the Wizards last season, with players like Beal and big man Marcin Gortat dealing with maladies throughout the year.
Beal has never played a full NBA season. He played 73 games in 2013-2014, his longest run to date.