Wizards make right call to hold back Beal

Wizards make right call to hold back Beal
July 27, 2013, 8:15 am
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When Bradley Beal's rookie season ended April 2 because of a stress injury to his lower right leg, the Wizards projected his recovery to take six weeks which would've been late May.

August is around the corner, and while Beal has been cleared to resume a lot of basketball activities he hasn't engaged in contact for almost four months.

There's no need to be alarmed, however, or wonder if there's something more serious going on here. 

Beal admitted he still had soreness in early July and didn't participate in Las Vegas summer league as anticipated, but he did hang around to join USA Basketball mini-camp. He didn't fully participate, however, doing only non-contact drills.

The reason: With Beal being inactive for so long, they didn't believe it made sense for him to go all-out in summer league or mini-camp. So the Wizards, beset by injuries to key players including John Wall and Nene throughout 2012-13, chose a more cautious path by easing back Beal. 

And the Wizards made the right call if they want to have a shot at making the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Allowing Beal to play through too many injuries in his rookie season -- bruised tailbone sprained right wrist, multiple sprains to both ankles -- is what led to the stress injury.

A person with knowledge of Beal's problem with his right leg confirmed to CSN the day his season ended prematurely that playing hurt is what led to it. Two days later, Beal confirmed CSN's report. 

He'll have all of training camp to get back to form for the 2013-14 regular season.  Beal, 20, has spent most of his time in his hometown of St. Louis. He'll return to Washington soon to get full clearance for contact.