Wake-up call: Webster available to play again

Wake-up call: Webster available to play again
December 12, 2013, 8:00 am
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Martell Webster appears to be back for Friday's game at the Atlanta Hawks as the Wizards (9-11) try to end their two-game losing streak and get back to .500.

He practiced fully for the first time Wednesday after going down with a left ankle sprain in last week's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Nene (right foot soreness), who hasn't practiced, doesn't seem like play but his status hasn't been determined. Bradley Beal (right fibula stress reaction), who did practice partially, is even less likely.

The Wizards lost to the Denver Nuggets on Monday, scoring only 74 points without three starters. They didn't have Webster after the first quarter in an overtime loss to the Bucks. Having one more shooter on the court can make a world of difference. 

"It's a little weak. Testing the waters, probably played 90 percent of the practice," Webster said. "We were aggressive with the rehab -- icing, stem, heat, stretching, mobilization, it's all very important as far as making sure that the ankle is where is as comfortable for me to go out there and practice. I'm confident in it."

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Webster isn't wearing a brace, but for the first time in his career he'll wear tape. On both.

"I don't want to have to go through that again. I've never really played with ankle tape or braces at all in my career even after I injured  my ankles in high school," he said. "It was never comfortable for me. Now this is something I got to get accustomed to. It felt good. It felt restricted. You have to be able to work through that."

Coach Randy Wittman expects him to be in uniform after missing only one game. Fortunately for him, the schedule has been light. "Unless he comes in (Thursday) and says its sore," he said. "If he comes in and says it still feels good then, yeah, he'll be available I assume. … He didn't play Monday because of the soreness. That's where we're at."