Beal's ankle sprain is on same leg as stress injuries

Beal's ankle sprain is on same leg as stress injuries
March 14, 2014, 10:00 pm
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The Wizards can't catch a break with Bradley Beal. Just as he made a game-changing play in overtime to block Jameer Nelson at the rim, Beal went down shortly after with what the team called a sprained right ankle on Friday night.

Beal, who has dealt with stress injuries to the small bone in his lower right leg twice already, is day-to-day but that's a preliminary diagnosis to rule out a bone break. He'll likely undergo a more detailed MRI on Saturday, before the Wizards (34-31) play vs. the Brooklyn Nets at Verizon Center, which will give a closer look at the structure and condition of the ligaments and tendons in the area. Beal missed nine games when he was diagnosed with his second stress injury to the fibula in eight months in November and still plays with a loose minutes restriction. 

Because the ankle sprain is on the same leg, this could complicate his return. Beal played through a high right ankle sprain that resulted in the first stress injury. 

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As Victor Oladipo attacked the rim, Beal and John Wall jumped to contest. Beal appeared to either come down awkwardly on his foot or step on the foot of teammate Trevor Booker. He had to be carried off the court.

His injury means Andre Miller, who scored seven points off the bench in the win at Orlando, will get more playing time and likely Otto Porter or Garrett Temple depending on the matchup. The other option is moving Martell Webster into the starting role. 

Webster went down with a sprained left ankle Dec. 6 and had to be carried off the court. Though the outlook was bleak at that time, he only missed two games.